Beyoncé's snappy shot
13:30 31 July 2006
Beyoncé Knowles wouldn't pose with an alligator for her new album cover unless its mouth was taped shut.
The singer had to stand in an alligator-invested swamp holding one of the killer reptiles for LP 'B'Day'.
Despite reassurances from trainers the animal was safe, Beyoncé insisted on some extra safety precautions.
She told Arena magazine: "There was a shot where I held an alligator. It had its mouth taped - that was my bright idea.
"The first alligator they got was 13 feet long. They were like, 'He's fine. He just ate.' But then I saw his trainer who had stitches and a bloody head. I said 'No thank you, we'll just have to do it in production.'
"But I did hold a baby one."
Despite her fears, the 24-year-old star admits the alligator was even more scared than she was.
She explained: "He was really cute, but since his mouth was taped he didn't have any way to defend himself. He was upset so he peed on me. That was an experience!"
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