'There's an Alligator in My Kitchen!'

Florida woman calls 911 after 8-foot gator invades house
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 12:29 PM CDT
A large American Alligator suns itself on a bank along a canal.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A 69-year-old Florida woman called 911 after finding an 8-foot gator in her kitchen. The beast apparently crawled in through a porch screen door and an open sliding door, making its way through the living room and down a hall, reports the St. Petersburg Times. Authorities called a trapper, and the gator was caught without incident—except for being hurt slightly by a falling plate.

The gator "looked awfully well-fed," said the woman, adding that authorities told her they thought it "wanted to check out the cat." Regardless, she added, "I can't wait to tell my grandkids, because they probably won't believe me."