One homeowner in Sarasota County, Florida, was horrified to see they weren’t the only ones enjoying their swimming pool. The Sarasota County sheriff’s office answered the call for help when an 11-foot-long alligator was found basking in a residential pool.
Yes, you read that correctly: ELEVEN FEET.
So, remember that #gator call we went on earlier? Here’s some video as the trapper pulled him from the swimming pool. Did we mention he measured 11 feet long?! #TweetFromTheBeat #NeverADullMoment #OnlyInFlorida pic.twitter.com/s3DtK3xzPR
— SarasotaSheriff (@SarasotaSheriff) March 31, 2018
There’s a lot to unpack here. For instance, how did the gator get in through a screen door?
Even with a cage it got in?
— Kim Selover (@KimSelover) March 31, 2018
Was the door left open? How did it get in
— Amy crowe (@Amycrowe20) March 31, 2018
Turns out Floridians are pretty used to patio screens not… well… screening:
They are reptiles. They need only the smallest of tears/openings to get through. I've also seen Gators climb fences. #FloridaProblems
— Александр Гомез (@xandergomez) April 1, 2018
I mean, vinyl screening is pretty easy to tear. The only thing lanai/screens do is keep out insects and leaves. Also, gators in pools are more common in Florida than you would think.
— John Maddened (@JMaddened) April 1, 2018
The screens on a pool cage are to keep out leaves and insects…not 11 foot alligators. They kind of go wherever they want.
— GW Hughes (@Al_Solzhenitsyn) April 1, 2018
Kim, this is actually a pretty common thing in Florida. Screens do not stop gators, and gators like pools
— ImpeachmentIsComing (@Veterans_Resist) April 1, 2018
Instances like these might be commonplace in the Sunshine State, but those unfamiliar were pretty disturbed:
When I was a child and watched the movie Alligator and the friends prank the birthday boy into jumping in the pool at night with the lights off then as he is about to fall, lights on and alligator has his mouth wide open, omg the worst nightmare, so its not just a movie?
— Cescüi (@Cescui) April 1, 2018
He can have the whole house.
— Kiya's (@kiyas_bigknot) April 1, 2018
Petition to rename Florida The Danger Zone. Or alternatively, America's Australia
— Kenny Log In (@thedangerzoneHQ) April 1, 2018
— Kaitlin Granville (@cuppykait) March 31, 2018
If an alligator was in my pool I’m moving out.✌️
— Anisha (@anishanicoleee) April 1, 2018
Fortunately the Sarasota Sheriff’s Department was quick to act, and the pool is safe for humans again. Though they may want to clean it just to be sure.