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Tuesday, January 13, 6:00 p.m.
By Rob Stewart

Frozen Alligator Found




The cold conditions are blamed for an unusual find in the Poconos. A man found a frozen alligator, four feet one and a half inches long, in Monroe County.

"I thought it was rubber. I belong to the firehouse. All the guys said down there that it is fake. I said, no it is not! It is the real McCoy," said Peter Holthausen.

He's the guy who found the alligator. As a maintenance worker for the Bethlehem Water Authority , Holthausen was walking around the Wild Creek Reservoir. He walks the area streams everyday.

"I said to the boss jokingly, 'hey, I'm not going to walk the streams anymore," laughed Holthausen.

Never in his wildest dreams did he think he'd stumble upon that kind of find. "I said, I got an alligator here. It is dead. And they were like, 'what did you say?' I said 'I got an alligator', and there it was," recalled Holthausen.

When he found the gator, it was half in the water and half out. Completely frozen, but buried from about the waist down. "I stepped back a couple of minutes, I took in the moment," he said.

Holthausen says the gator was probably a pet, too big to care for and that someone probably let it loose in the wild. Even though it froze to death, it is still scary.

Abandoning a pet in the wild is no laughing matter. Letting an alligator go in the wild is not only cruel, it's illegal, with a minimum fine of 0.
http://www.wnep.com/Global/story.asp?S=1599463&nav=5ka4KAph
 
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BREVARD COUNTY, Florida - A Florida man on the prowl to burglarize homes was eaten by an alligator after fleeing deputies, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office said that 22-year-old Matthew Riggins of Palm Bay, Florida, whose body was discovered in a Barefoot Bay lake on November 23, drowned as a result of the alligator attack.

During the recovery of Riggins' body, Sheriff’s Dive Team members encountered a large alligator aggressively approaching the area where the body was located. Due to trauma observed on the body, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission trapper was called and an alligator approximately 11-foot in length was trapped and euthanized. A forensic examination of the alligator located remains consistent with the injuries to Riggins inside the alligator’s stomach.

http://news.brevardtimes.com/2015/12/florida-man-eaten-by-alligator-when.html
 
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SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla., May 31 (UPI) -- Two fishermen in Southwest Ranches, Fla., found a dead body being eaten by two alligators on Monday but the victim's cause of death was unknown.

The Davie Police Department, which patrols in the affluent town of Southwest Ranches, said the body seems to have been in the water for days. The Broward County Medical Examiner is expected to determine a cause of death.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016...tified-human-corpse-in-Florida/6771464692811/
 
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The death of a 2-year-old boy at a Walt Disney World resort in an alligator attack has brought back some frightening memories for a New Hampshire man who was grabbed by a gator at a Disney campground in 1986, when he was 8.

Paul Santamaria, of Hebron, said he was horrified for the family of Lane Graves, who was snatched by an alligator in shallow water Tuesday at a beach at Disney's Grand Floridian resort, 3 miles from where Santamaria was attacked.

"I have two little girls the age of the boy that was taken, and it was just something that kind of hit home," Santamaria said.

In 1986, Santamaria's family was staying at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground when he was attacked while feeding ducks at a pond. The gator knocked him down, grabbed his leg and started to thrash around and try to pull him into the water, Santamaria said.



Source: NH Man Attacked by Gator 30 Years Ago Shares His Experience | NECN http://www.necn.com/news/new-englan...s-His-Experience-383216961.html#ixzz4C3hiS1HZ
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WIMAUMA, Fla. (CBS12) — A motorcyclist was thrown off of his bike after hitting a 10-foot alligator early Friday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Authorities in Wimauma say the motorcyclist was headed west on SR 647 when he hit the alligator.

The rider was taken to a local hospital and was treated for non life threatening injuries, according to WFTS.

WFTS says the alligator was barely alive when a private trapper came to remove it from the road.

Authorities say this is the second alligator to be hit in the area this week.

WFTS says a mother of four was driving an SUV when she hit a 9-foot alligator crossing I-75 in Sarasota. Authorities say she didn't suffer any serious injuries.

http://wjla.com/news/offbeat/motorc...al&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
 
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June 7 (UPI) -- An alligator was killed at a Florida airport when it reportedly attempted to strike the wing of a landing plane.

Pilot Brad Pierce posted a photo to Facebook on Tuesday, showing the felled alligator on the tarmac at Orlando Executive Airport, where he said another pilot's plane collided with the reptile.

Pierce wrote:

"A local pilot hit an 11-foot alligator which was crossing runway 7/25 at Orlando Executive Airport (KORL). I was told the pilot was flying a Navajo and the gator jumped up and struck the wing during his landing. The gator was killed instantly and the aircraft sustained damage to the wing. One of the craziest things I've ever seen in all my years in aviation. Welcome to Florida folks!" ...

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/06...oot-alligator/1711496858208/?spt=su&or=btn_tw
 
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Gruesome! Hopefully the victim was already dead.

A Florida plane crash scene became even more disturbing when an alligator was spotted devouring the victim’s body.

The wreckage was discovered Wednesday night in the Everglades four days after the plane took off on an unauthorized trip from a flight school, according to WPLG.

The sole occupant of the single-engine Cessna 152 was the pilot, who has not been identified.

Local news station WPLG headed to the scene where helicopter footage showed a body in a swamp next to the wreckage — and an alligator wading nearby. ...

http://nypost.com/2017/07/06/news-chopper-spots-alligator-eating-body-of-plane-crash-victim/

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Alligators collecting door to door for refugee amphibians.

Confused alligators turn up on people’s doorsteps because of Hurricane Harvey

Ashitha Nagesh for Metro.co.uk Saturday 26 Aug 2017 9:17 am

People hit by severe flooding because of Hurricane Harvey now have one more thing to worry about – confused alligators.

Gators have been spotted roaming around people’s driveways, hiding under cars, and even popping up on people’s doorsteps after the flooding left them disorientated.

But despite their bad rep, the animals are relatively harmless – as long as you leave them be.

They’re just looking for some higher ground, or somewhere to shelter from the rain.

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office in Texas tweeted: ‘Expect them to be displaced. Simply looking for higher ground. Leave alone until water recedes.’

http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/26/confu...se-of-hurricane-harvey-6879986/#ixzz4qrStITUz
 
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Check your pool before jumping in.

Florida police have posted photos and video of an 11ft alligator in a family's swimming pool, along with the words "Just no".

Residents in Nokomis called for help after discovering the animal.

The Sarasota County sheriff's office posted film of a trapper dragging the animal from the water on Saturday.

Responding to their own tweet, the officers said the gator managed to "bust right through" a screen door to get to the pool.

Officers posted with the hashtags "Tweet from the Beat" and "Only in Florida".

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43610086

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Now they're burgling houses.

An alligator measuring 11 feet broke into the home of a resident of Clearwater, Florida on Thursday night through a low window in their kitchen.

Clearwater Police Department posted photos of the alligator inside the resident’s kitchen, along with a smashed window that the animal broke through to get in.

Posting the photos to Twitter, the police department said: “See you later, alligator. A scaly 11-foot-long gator broke into a Clearwater home overnight through some low windows in their kitchen.”

https://www.irishexaminer.com/examv...ida-residents-home-through-window-928142.html
 

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Now they're burgling houses.

An alligator measuring 11 feet broke into the home of a resident of Clearwater, Florida on Thursday night through a low window in their kitchen.

Clearwater Police Department posted photos of the alligator inside the resident’s kitchen, along with a smashed window that the animal broke through to get in.

Posting the photos to Twitter, the police department said: “See you later, alligator. A scaly 11-foot-long gator broke into a Clearwater home overnight through some low windows in their kitchen.”

https://www.irishexaminer.com/examv...ida-residents-home-through-window-928142.html
Hard to believe. Needs a bit of Clearwater credence revival.
 

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Vacationers Find Alligator Lounging on Alligator Pool Float at Their Miami Airbnb

Here are some places in Florida where you can reasonably expect to encounter an alligator: a storm sewer, the end of an airport runway, your local golf course. But this might be a first — while in town for a wedding, Georgia resident Dave Jacobs and his family spotted a gator casually chilling on an alligator-shaped pool float at their Airbnb in South Miami. ...

Jacobs says his family first spotted the gator in the lake outside of their vacation rental Saturday. The alligator seemed to be taunting their dog, Rascal, who spent the day barking and running around the screened-in pool deck. ...

"We thought that was pretty cute," Jacobs says. "Then, the next day, it just showed up in the pool." ...

Jacobs' wife called the Airbnb's owner, who contacted someone from wildlife management. Eventually, the gator wrangler was able to fish the reptile out of the pool. He told Jacobs he's been busy lately because it's mating season for alligators. ...
SOURCE: https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/...alligator-pool-float-at-miami-airbnb-11177604

Three things struck me about this story ...

(1) There's no mention of the dog inside the screened-in pool deck after the gator got inside.:nails:

(2) It would seem gators have no problem with self-referential scenarios.

(3) I wonder whether mating season was the reason the gator mounted the float. If so, it probably was thinking "jackpot!"
 

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Now they're burgling houses.

An alligator measuring 11 feet broke into the home of a resident of Clearwater, Florida on Thursday night through a low window in their kitchen.
I've posted about this on the Day Of The Animals thread - interestingly, the report above doesn't mention this, but in the one I cited it says the gator drank their wine. Which is a bit odd.
 
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Pittsburgh is overrun by alligators!

PITTSBURGH — Public safety officials in Pittsburgh report having captured another alligator, the third found in the Steel City in the past month.

Officers responded at about 6:15 p.m. Saturday after a 2½-foot alligator was found on the porch of a home in the Carrick neighborhood.

They were able to get the reptile into a box, and animal control officers then took it to Humane Animal Rescue in Homewood.

A 5- to 6-foot-long alligator was found Thursday evening in the Beechview neighborhood. And a 3-foot-long alligator was captured May 18 at the South Side Riverfront Park.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jun/9/alligator-captured-pittsburgh-third-month/
 

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The increasingly frequent encounters are no joke anymore. The gators are getting more feisty. This one took a bite out of a police car ...
Deputies: Alligator bit off piece of patrol car in Louisiana

Sheriff’s deputies in Louisiana say an alligator took a bite out of one of their patrol cars.

WBRZ-TV reports deputies were called Monday to Louisiana Highway 1 in Caddo Parish after someone spotted the gator in the middle of the road.

The sheriff’s office says deputies were waiting for wildlife removal experts to arrive when the alligator chomped off a piece of the front bumper. Deputies estimate the alligator was 8 feet (2.4 meters) long.

A photo from the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page shows the reptile in grass next to what appears to be the black rectangular grill of the car.
SOURCE: https://www.apnews.com/dda92ecb47214e6d976c282f0f5fd52c

PHOTOS at Sheriff's Office's Facebook Page:
 

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Is it like the situation with the bears, the alligators are just getting too used to people being around and leaving their garbage everywhere?
 

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Pittsburgh is overrun by alligators!

PITTSBURGH — Public safety officials in Pittsburgh report having captured another alligator, the third found in the Steel City in the past month.

Officers responded at about 6:15 p.m. Saturday after a 2½-foot alligator was found on the porch of a home in the Carrick neighborhood.

They were able to get the reptile into a box, and animal control officers then took it to Humane Animal Rescue in Homewood.

A 5- to 6-foot-long alligator was found Thursday evening in the Beechview neighborhood. And a 3-foot-long alligator was captured May 18 at the South Side Riverfront Park.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jun/9/alligator-captured-pittsburgh-third-month/
It's not illegal to keep an alligator in PA. That's why we have so many. Of all the simple laws to pass... our dimwits can't manage this one. Until someone gets hurt.
 
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