Floridians Gang Up on New Neighbor: 8-Foot Gator

Said to have come from local canal
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 8, 2009 12:18 PM CDT
In this image taken from video, a state-licensed alligator trapper holds an alligator taken from a flood control canal in the Everglades as its jaws are taped shut before it is transported.    (AP Photo/via APTN)
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(Newser) – Residents of a South Florida town found a surprise visitor in their pool last night: an 8-foot alligator. Someone—nobody owned up—tied the creature to a tree with an extension cord before calling for help, the Miami Herald reports. When deputies arrived, a crowd of 30 was ogling the gator; police called a trapper to collect it. "It thought it was home," said a sheriff's office rep. "We live in the Everglades. The alligators were here long before us."