‘After I got up one morning, I scanned the backyard and pool area before letting the dogs out. I saw something floating in the pool and realized we had a surprise guest!’ Mike Evans from Palm Beach Gardens said in a posting online.
The homeowner decided to call a professional trapper who could help remove the enormous reptile.
A Florida family found an unexpected visitor lounging in their backyard
A massive, nine-foot alligator was resting at the bottom of the pool
A professional trapper hooked the gator and raised it up from the shallow end
‘The trapper came out here with some gear to get a six-foot alligator out,’ said Evans to
A video posted online shows the trapper, working alone, using a long white pole as he managed to capture the enormous gator and raise it up by dragging it into the shallow end.
It appeared to take all of the man’s strength to heave the gator out, with the pole bending under its weight.
Its enormous mouth was wide open with razor sharp teeth visible as it was yanked out of the water.
The reptile’s mouth was wide open as it was dragged out with its razor sharp teeth visible
It took about twenty minutes for the trapper to capture and remove the gator
The trapper has to really pull in order to heave the gator across the concrete
The man appeared to remain extraordinarily calm as he dragged the creature across the concrete.
The gator seemed to be behaving stubbornly and barely moved its legs as it was pulled into the grass and out into the road.
It took about 20 minutes for the operation to be complete before a neighbor helped to lift it into the back of a pickup truck.
Vanessa Schultz who shot the video told
The alligator was not in the mood to cooperate and the trapper had to really pull hard
The gator has since been relocated to a farm, far away from any residential areas
‘It was big, really big,’ said Schultz. ‘I was totally in panic. It totally concerns me. So now I’m scared and I don’t want to leave my kids outside playing in the backyard. I also need to check the pool and check before going outside the house.’
It’s unclear how the gator got into the fenced yard but it is believed to have snuck under the railings.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the gator was nine-feet long, and was relocated to a farm.
The FWC notes that residents need to be even more cautious around this time of year because it is alligator mating season when the reptiles are more active than usual.