WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 77-year-old woman in Florida was awakened early Friday morning with a loud sound of a crash at her Clearwater home.
- When homeowner Mary Wischhusenfind went to investigate, she came face-to-face with an 11-foot alligator inside her kitchen.
- The trespassing alligator broke in through some low windows in the kitchen, then Wischhusenfind locked herself in her bedroom and called 911.
A Florida woman woke up early Friday morning because of a loud crash coming from her kitchen. She found several broken floor-to-ceiling windows and a 10-foot alligator on her kitchen floor, according to KSTU.
Mary Wischhusen, 77, told the media outlet that she woke up at 3:30 a.m. on Friday and when she went to investigate, there was the reptile inside her Clearwater home.
“I heard this huge, monstrous crash like the whole roof was falling in on the side of my house,” Wischhusen recalled. “I headed for the kitchen and as I got to the door of the kitchen, I had this beautiful face staring at me as though he belonged there. This 10-foot gator was having a marvelous time sitting in my kitchen.”
Reports said that the alligator has broken through the Wischhusen’s floor-to-ceiling windows, knocked over some furniture and made a damage to the walls before it finally made its way inside.
“I decided I wasn’t staying there, so I went back to my bedroom and closed the door and called the police,” the lady added. “I was hyperventilating a little, so what I did was I went on the computer and played games to settle down.”
Help immediately arrived. Ten officers from the Clearwater Police Department and two trappers spent about two hours, luring the gator out. The 77-year-old woman, whose home has two golf courses and water hazards surrounding it, was baffled why the gator passed by four empty condominiums and chose her house to break in.
“He could have come right after me,” she said. “I’m very happy he did not come after me.”
The alligator, who suffered minor cuts to a shoulder when he broke the kitchen window, is well now, according to a city spokesman.
“I think after all these years, if you’ve been a nurse this long, you’ve seen everything. He was just added to the book that I need to write,” Wischhusen said. “It’s just amazing.”