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Alligator found in Florida couple's pool

Alligator Found In Florida Couple's Pool

A Florida couple had a rude awakening early Tuesday morning. They heard a loud noise from outside and went to check it out. WWSB spoke with the homeowner:

"So when I came out to the patio to explore I saw something that is not usually in the pool along with the little floaty, and it turned out to be an 8-foot alligator."

Sharon Bente and her husband found the animal just after four in the morning. It seems it had broken through their fence in the backyard. John Bente told ABC about the surprising encounter.

JOHN BENTE : "And he was just swimming around in circles and he tried to get up here for a while. I think he was a little intimidated with everybody watching. ... It was quite an evening."

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the family called the sheriff's department, and a trained alligator-trapper came and removed the animal.

Of course, in the state of Florida, gators are not that uncommon. Florida Fish and Wildlife reports more than 1.3 million of the scaly swimmers live there.

That's about 1 gator to every 14 people. Yikes.

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Sue May 21 2014 at 8:23 AM

Florida? Alligators? What are the odds? Come on, this is nothing new.

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vjcinpalmbeach May 21 2014 at 7:32 AM

What else COULD happen with the mass immigration of humans into the territories of OTHER species?

It was THEIR home first!

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kmcewan007 May 21 2014 at 8:29 AM

this happened a lot its florida whats the big deal

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renner1234 May 21 2014 at 8:10 AM

WHen you live in Florida you have to live with nature.

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halt1025 May 21 2014 at 6:03 AM


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gmartin997 May 21 2014 at 8:10 AM

An alligator in Florida? Whoda thought it? When you live where they live, they going to come visiting.

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Joepalooka May 21 2014 at 8:15 AM

don't dangle your feet off a bridge over a small inland stream and watch out in dense undergrowth around trails or you're gator bait!

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dwtomczyk May 21 2014 at 8:27 AM

atb least it was not a poop log

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rwitchwoman63 May 21 2014 at 8:32 AM

Try swimming in your pool and find you are swimming with a water moccasin!!!!....I don't think my feet even touch the top of the water!

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henry_bevis rwitchwoman63 May 21 2014 at 10:20 AM

There is no problem with swimming with a Water moccasin as long it is not a Cotton Mouth moccasin. Given a chance all snakes in the USA will try to get away from you.

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audiologyconsult henry_bevis May 21 2014 at 3:52 PM

A Cotton Mouth is the same as a water moccasin.

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ARA AKILLIAN May 21 2014 at 6:43 AM

will be nice Luggage

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gmartin997 ARA AKILLIAN May 21 2014 at 8:12 AM

Eight foot gators are not relocated in Florida, but gator tail is popular.

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Vacevlips ARA AKILLIAN May 21 2014 at 12:20 PM

good one

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