Police in Sarasota, Florida, pulled an 11-foot alligator from a local family’s pool after the gator decided to go for a swim after midnight on Saturday.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that deputies quickly responded to the call they got about the alligator writing, “The 11-foot intruder didn’t gracefully make his way through an open door. He decided instead, to bust right through the screen.”
The Sheriff’s Office posted a video clip of a deputy pulling the large reptile out of the pool with the help of a trapper, which went viral. They got the gator off the property by dragging it through the door of the screened-in pool.
The Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook, “This is no #AprilFools! The 11-foot gator we were called to Saturday morning is the top trending news topic on Twitter right now! (In other words, we’re basically breaking the internet.)”
They tweeted, “Dear internet who seems to be freaking out over the 11-foot #gator: Understand it’s just a #FloridaThing! We wear bathing suits & flip flops year-round. We buy sunscreen in bulk and well, we ride gators growing up.”
It is remains unclear where the alligator came from, but there is reportedly a lagoon nearby the house.