8-Foot Alligator Found in Florida Storm Drain Blocks From School

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An alligator found itself between a rock and hard place when it got stuck in a Florida storm drain. According to the Daily Mail U.K., an 8-foot alligator had to be rescued from a storm drain near a elementary school after the large creature got stuck trying to slide through.



A concerned citizen driving through Seminole, Fla., spotted the helpless gator peeking out onto the road. The driver called the local sheriff's office to report the animal, and police soon arrived at the scene.

Officials found that the alligator had managed to accidentally slip all the way down into a sewer only three blocks from a local elementary school. Wanting to safely fix the situation as soon as possible, police called a professional wildlife trapper for assistance.

The expert arrived and quickly went to work, first taping the alligator's jaws shut to prevent injuries during the rescue operation. With help from nearby civilians and some slippery vegetable oil, the trapper was able ease the animal out of the sewer.

After its embarrassing ordeal, the alligator was untaped and checked for injuries. Luckily, the scaly guy wasn't harmed and is now off to an alligator farm that is a safe distance from any pesky storm drains.

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Devin

According to the Daily Mail, the UK Tabloid, the TMZ of sensationalist journalism?? No wonder , the overstated headline. It's Florida there are alligators all over the place, well not walking the streets but not an unusual sight at all, the picture makes it look like a monster has been captured, they are big animals who aren't use to, and don't like being pulled up backwards through a hole. Animal farm?? Damn that's just to much and certainly not a happy ending at all., along with the fact that this is hardly what one would call news.

February 12 2013 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
StillDezzin

An alligator farm is not "a happy ending,"folks. They should have let him go in his own habitat. Truly, humans are trespassing in HIS home.

February 12 2013 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eddie

At what size do they call them massive beasts. I thought maybe they found a T-Rex down there.

February 12 2013 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rmehech

We have so many alligators in South Florida. It's not a big deal to see one around populated areas

February 12 2013 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tre Anthony

For what reason did they tape the gator's jaws?

February 12 2013 at 6:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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alissa

...really? so he doesn't bite, they have massive powerful jaws.

February 12 2013 at 7:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Angela

Most of the muscle in an alligator's jaw evolved to bite and grip prey. The muscles that close the jaws are exceptionally powerful, but the muscles for opening their jaws are comparatively weak. As a result, an adult human can hold an alligator's jaws shut barehanded. It is common today to use several wraps of duct tape to prevent an adult alligator from opening its jaws when handled or transported.

February 12 2013 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lesleanr

u people r crazy 'safe distance from the drains? how about stating that he is a safe distance from the school?'...0.o....

February 11 2013 at 9:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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alissa

once they are a certain length they euthanize them anyway.

February 12 2013 at 7:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
YOUNGBLOOD

Crown Royal?

February 11 2013 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
YOUNGBLOOD

where.

February 11 2013 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
YOUNGBLOOD

If this gator were in NYC, that would be news................

February 11 2013 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fz6373

They should relocate him to the everglades,not some human run gator farm.and yeah people Gators are here,and it's their land,we trespassed.

February 11 2013 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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