11-Foot Alligator Enjoys Late Night Swim In Family's Pool. Watch

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11-Foot Alligator Enjoys Late Night Swim In Family's Pool. Watch

The alligator was pulled out of the pool by a professional trapper and safely rescued


Florida's gator problem is well known. The coastal US state is infamous for the reptiles interrupting daily life -  having been spotted at golf courses, shopping malls and parking lots among other places. One such critter was found cooling off in a couple's backyard swimming pool.

On Friday, Sarasota County Sheriff's Office responded to a late night 911 call from a family in Nokomis, Florida about the animal enjoying a swim in their pool. The gator broke through a screen to make its way to the pool, the sheriff's office said on Twitter.

It was homeowner Patricia Carver's husband who spotted the creature after hearing commotion outside their house.

"He opened the curtain and saw the head of a gator and said, 'Call 911, call 911!'" she told WFLA.com.

Cops posted images of the giant creature, measuring 11 feet, floating in the pool on Twitter.
 
Video posted by the police department shows the giant reptile splashing around before being pulled out of the pool by a professional trapper. According to Time, no person was injured in the rescue operation. It's not clear what happened to the alligator after it was captured.
 
According to Defenders of Wildlife, Florida is estimated to have 1.25 million American alligators, making sightings of the reptile increasingly common. With temperatures warming, the gators tend to get more active.

In a recent incident, a 6-foot alligator, nicknamed 'Gabby', was caught swimming at the bottom of a homeowner's underground pool.
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