Dr. Aaron Rollins hears the call of the wild. A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon by trade, this 37-year-old lives for the kill. Sharks, alligators, wild boar – you name it, he has slain it and neatly packed its meat in his freezer.

“I want to be as self-sufficient as humanly possible,” said Rollins, who took up hunting two years ago. “I’ve stopped buying meat at the grocery store.”

He occasionally picks up a rifle, but his weapon of choice is a spear. On a recent trip to the Florida Everglades, he discovered that stabbing a wild boar is not easy.

“When it sees you, it will attack you,” he said. “So you hold your spear out and it will spear itself.”

Rollins held his ground when faced with a charging 300-pound boar with sharp 3-inch tusks – but Rollins missed his target.

“I didn’t stab it; it stabbed me,” he said. “It attacked me and took me down twice before I could get leverage.”

But he came out the victor, and within hours, the boar was frozen sausage en route to his Hollywood home.

An imposing 6 feet 8 inches, Rollins felt pretty small when he faced off against an 8-foot alligator in Florida.

“It was hissing at me,” he said. “It was really scary.”

That time, he pulled out his rifle and ended it quickly. Rollins said the alligator skin was perfect material for his custom shoes. A gator belt went to his mom, a wallet to his father.

Actually, Rollins said, it wasn’t fear that prompted him to pull out the rifle: “I didn’t want the spear to hurt the leather.”

Traveling Goldfish

Ever wondered how to get a goldfish through airport security? Ask Jerry Neuman.

On a recent flight back from vacation with his family, the Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton land-use attorney learned first-hand how to get Goldie through Transportation Security Administration officials, which only allow a passenger to carry 3-ounce containers of liquid.

Neuman’s daughter had won a goldfish at a fair and wanted to carry it home. So he put the goldfish in a Ziploc bag filled with water, hoping he could carry it straight through. To be safe, he concocted alternate plans, including sending his nephew through security first, having him fill another plastic bag with water on the other side while Neuman prepared to carry the goldfish in his hands until he got through the scanner.

At the moment of truth, TSA allowed Neuman to carry the bag of water with the fish through security.

“They figured if the fish is alive, it couldn’t be a toxic substance,” he said. “At least in this case, ration and reason prevailed.”

Staff reporters Sam Bennett and Jacquelyn Ryan contributed to this column. Page 3 is compiled by Editor Charles Crumpley. He can be reached at ccrumpley@labusinessjournal.com.

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