Man Throws Live Alligator Into Wendy's Drive-Thru Window

His mother says it was "just a stupid prank," but according to wildlife officials, what Joshua James did to an unsuspecting alligator was a crime.

On Monday, the 23-year-old Florida man was arrested after allegedly driving to a Wendy's restaurant, ordering a beverage, and tossing a three-and-a-half-foot alligator through an open drive-thru window.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Fortunately, the projectile reptile was safely released into a nearby canal, but James now faces charges of aggravated assault and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator.

According to police, James admitted to finding the gator on the side of the road and tossing it into the fast food restaurant. His mother, however, failed to understand how her son's "prank" had broken the law.

Palm Beach Sheriff's Department

"I don't even get that, I don't get it," Linda James told WPTV. "How can you not think something like that is a prank?"

On Tuesday, James' bail was set at $6,000. As a condition of his release, he must stay out of all Wendy's restaurants, undergo a mental health evaluation and avoid contact with any animals other than his mother's dog.

The gator, on the other hand, is now free to do whatever the hell he wants.