Officers Help Remove 11-Foot Gator from Family's Pool, Call it a #FloridaThing
No humans or gators were harmed during the animal's removal and release.
Just another day in Florida!
According to TIME, an 11-foot alligator decided to celebrate the holiday weekend by slipping into a pool belonging to a family in Nokomis, Florida.
The family noticed the intruder, who wasn’t hard to spot, on Friday night. Instead of trying to solve the gator issue themselves, the pool owners called Sarasota County Sheriff’s office for alligator wrangling assistance.
Officers arrived on the scene and eventually called in a professional trapper to safely remove and relocate the massive animal. The whole ordeal was done by early Saturday morning. No gators or humans were hurt during the animal’s release. The only victim of this incident seems to be the screen the alligator busted through to get to the pool.
Thanks to the sheriff’s office’s “#TweetsFromTheBeat,” Calusa Lakes Alligator, named for the neighborhood it was found in, was a top trending moment on Twitter and earned the sheriff’s office plenty of new social media followers.
While the sighting was obviously newsworthy to many, the sheriff’s office posted on Twitter that finding a gator in your pool is just a “#FloridaThing” not worth “freaking out over.” According to TIME, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received over 16,000 complaints about trespassing gators in 2016.