Alligators are quite common in Florida but one woman was surprised when she found a seven foot alligator at the bottom of the swimming pool she was cleaning. The woman immediately called the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office to tell them about the alligator, which was sitting at the bottom of the swimming pool and was barely visible.
Kaitlyn Perez, a public information officer for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, spoke to CBS News and said that this was a chlorine filled pool, which is a reminder to people that alligators could be in any body of water. Florida Fish and Wildlife were contacted to remove the 7 to 8 foot female alligator from the pool. The family wasn’t home at the time the alligator was found but police were present while wildlife workers removed the alligator.
The process of removing the alligator from the bottom of the pool was not easy for wildlife workers. The alligator appeared to be calm but when wildlife workers began pulling it out of the pool, he started moving aggressively. The workers pulled the alligator to the stairs and then it started doing a death roll, which is a move they use on other animals to drown them.
The video of the alligator being removed from the pool was posted on the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. The video had thousands of views hours after it was posted. Perez says this is a reminder that it’s mating season in Florida and that female alligators are on the move to look for areas where they can lay eggs. She also revealed that a few weeks ago, the police received a call about another alligator that was found on a tennis court. She added that the one found in the swimming pool on Monday was much bigger.
According to recent estimates from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there are around 1.3 million alligators in the state. The numbers are around 20 percent of the entire alligator population in the United States.