It’s been a busy week for Florida wildlife. Earlier this week a man was bit by a python in his toilet and overnight a Clearwater home was broken into by an 11-foot-long alligator.
The Clearwater Police Department said the 11-foot alligator broke into a home through a low window and then made its way into the kitchen. The department shared photos of the gator on their Facebook page.
The gator was removed by police and a trapper and nobody was hurt.
We know you've been chomping at the bit for more information from today's alligator trespassing 🐊 At 3:29 a.m. this morning a woman delivering newspapers was on her delivery route when she saw what she described as a large alligator acting in an aggressive manner in the road and then in front of a home on Eagles Landing Circle West. The caller stated it was thrashing around in the road and it then moved down the walkway toward the front door. Fearing the homeowner would open her door to a large alligator, she called 9-1-1. Shortly thereafter she heard a large crash. Around the same time, at 3:32 a.m., the homeowner called reporting that there was a large alligator in her kitchen. Clearwater Police arrived on scene and waited for the alligator trappers. Once the trappers arrived, they wrangled the alligator out of the house at 4:49 a.m. through the same window he broke when entering the home. The lead trapper arrived and secured the alligator. During the apprehension, the alligator knocked over a wine shelf and several bottles of wine were broken. The alligator did suffer minor cuts to a shoulder but the majority of the red liquid on the floor in the photos was wine. There was only one person home at the time of this incident and there were no injuries to the homeowner, trapper or officers. The alligator will be taken to a private location locally to rest and recover from what the trapper described as a traumatic experience for the gator. If the gator is deemed to be a good candidate for relocation, then the alligator will be taken to a private alligator farm in Fort Meade. The alligator was 10 to 11 feet in length and is a male.
Posted by Clearwater Police Department on Friday, May 31, 2019