Animals

Woman Comes Home to Find Gator at Front Door

South Carolina gator appeared to be trying ring door bell.


A South Carolina woman got quite the surprise from one of her "neighbors" this week.

Karen Alfano of Myrtle Beach was walking home when she noticed some movement at her front door--a six and half foot alligator apparently trying to ring her doorbell!

" It was like the coolest thing that could ever possibly happen to you," Alfano told local television station WPDE. "Some of the neighbors were scared. I just thought it was a great adventure. "

Wildlife officials came to wrangle the gator out of her front yard while the human neighbors looked on. Police officers even showed up to the scene--but not because it was their job to capture the gator. One officer explained, they heard the call on their radio and just had to see it! It took about 15 minutes for officials to get the alligator under control.

The gator scratched the siding of the house and broke some shelves on the front porch, but that was the extent of the damage.

Wildlife officials say alligators under five feet long do not pose a threat to humans, and will eventually move on when they show up in a residential area.

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