A Florida family woke up Tuesday morning and found a gigantic alligator relaxing in their backyard pool. The family was awakened by loud noises coming from their backyard and found that the nearly 11-foot, 550-lbs beast had torn through the screen to take a dip in the water, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
Law enforcement officials secured the animal with a specialized alligator trapper and removed the monstrous gator from the premises without incident.
There have only been 401 registered alligator attacks in Florida since 1948 according to AZAnimals. Alligator attacks are rarely fatal, however, eight people died from alligator attacks between 2010 and 2019, according to the website.
Officials have warned that unusual behavior by these mega predators may be on the rise with the start of the mating season.
A 12-foot, 504-lbs alligator is suspected of killing a Louisiana man in 2021 after his remains were found inside of its stomach. “A lot of human-alligator conflicts occur when alligators get provoked, both intentionally and unintentionally, or when alligators go after people’s pets,” an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida said.