Jefferson Parish authorities have ordered swamp tour boat companies to cease and desist any type of activity that involves feeding alligators.

The order comes after a viral video apparently showed a tour guide stopping a swamp boat, getting into the water with alligators and feeding them, in one case having some food taken from his mouth.

The video was shot by a tourist and posted on YouTube where it has been seen tens of thousands of times.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman John Fortunato said that the feeding of alligators in Jefferson Parish is already a violation of a parish ordinance.

In addition, Fortunato said an investigation has begun into the activity on the video.
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