WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Florida household found a large alligator in their doorstep who refuses to move, forcing them to call the authorities.
- Croc Encounters, a wildlife sanctuary, responded and rescued the reptile, bringing the injured alligator to its new home.
- IFAS reminded the community that harassing or killing alligators are forbidden in Florida.
A family in Florida discovered a hostile surprise right at their doorstep as of late when an almost 9-foot alligator decided to make itself feel at home.
Local wildlife sanctuary, Croc Encounters, reports that the enormous reptile was found relaxing on the shaded doorstep on Tampa when it was seen by the residents morning of June 30.
Croc Encounters posted on their Facebook page that they received a call about the alligator that morning and upon arriving in the scene, they saw the 8-foot, 9-inch reptile resting on the doorstep.
The post further noted that the residents tried to move the reptile, but it won’t leave. Croc Encounters described the alligator was furious when it forced to go as it damaged everything it saw while exiting.
The group also posted several pictures on Facebook, including the alligator relaxing on the doorway, and the damage it created on its path.
They also noticed that the alligator was missing a pair of limbs, and Croc Encounters believes it’s because of the encounters it had on the wild. The disability, though, did not stop him from moving.
Croc Encounters was able to save the alligator from the neighborhood, and they documented the rescuing process up to giving it a new place in its facility.
Before the rescue, Croc Encounters also reported the reptile was attracting crowd the whole morning, with neighbors rushing to the Tampa home.
The family also left signs on their garage to warn delivery drivers about the presence of the reptile.
Although alligators are typically shy animals that shun away from humans, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS) Extension reports that the growth in population also increased the social interactions with the reptile.
Authorities caution the public when facing an alligator, saying that people should leave them alone and avoid giving them food. UF noted that if in case of alligator attacks, people should go and run away immediately in a straightforward direction.
UF authorities recommended implementing water safety measures to prevent future encounters with the animal. Other than that, households should observe their surroundings, especially if it’s near fresh or salty water.
UF added that children should also avoid swimming within warned spots after daytime, leaving fish scraps into trash bins, and building fences of at least four-and-a-half feet tall on private properties.
The agency also reminded the public that hurting or killing an alligator is prohibited in Florida.