14/08/2014 12:46 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

See You Later, Alligator! Three-Year-Old Wrestles With 'Gator Pal!

Three-year-old boy wrestles alligator at wildlife park!

Who needs a ball pool or softplay centre when you can spend your play times wrestling with an ALLIGATOR!

For plucky three-year-old Charlie Parker, normal toddler pursuits are just plain dull - this animal-loving tot prefers to get his thrills by wrestling in the water with a North American 'gator!

Gump - as the reptile has been christened - is just one of many creatures Charlie has at his disposal as playmates at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria, Australia. The little lad is also said to be at ease handling 2.5m boa constrictors and other lizards and snakes.

His proud dad Greg says that cheeky Charlie comes from three generations of animal carers, and loves being around the creatures.

"We didn't go out to encourage it but he just loves reptiles," Greg told the Mail, "Like everybody he's frightened of some things... others not so much."

Although Gump is still a baby at the moment, adult males of his species can grow to more than 13ft in length - wonder if Charlie will still want him as a playmate then?!