After sneaking into a Florida post office, an alligator surprises a customer.
After creeping inside a Florida post office in the middle of the night, a 7-foot alligator surprised a client early Wednesday morning.
The client went to the post office at 8501 Philatelic Road in Spring Hill to drop off a box around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday and noticed the alligator laying on the ground in the lobby.
According to a statement from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, the reptile had entered through the building’s automatic doors earlier in the night.
The horrified customer alerted the authorities, who dispatched a trapper. According to the sheriff’s office, the trapper caught and “safely removed the alligator from the lobby” of the post office.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a policy of removing nuisance alligators and relocating them to a remote location away from people.
An alligator is considered a nuisance in Florida “if it is at least 4 feet in length and the caller believes it represents a hazard to humans, pets, or property,” according to the commission’s website. The alligator, which was discovered at the post office on Wednesday morning and was in an area frequented by residents and employees, was at least 7 feet long.
Although alligator sightings are widespread in Florida, alligator attacks on humans are uncommon. The maximum number of bites in a single year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, was 16, which occurred in 2001. In the year 2020, there were 12 attacks against humans, although none of them were fatal.
Over the last month, there have been multiple sightings in Florida, as well as at least two reports of human attacks.
On Tuesday, a woman was attacked while walking her dog alongside a lake in Palm Harbor, Pinellas County. A man was bitten on the head while scuba diving in the Myakka River on May 30. Both of them made it through.
South Carolina has also reported several alligator incidents in the past few years.
On Sunday, a 10-foot alligator was filmed roaming a quiet neighborhood in Myrtle Beach, even lying down in a resident’s front garden.
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