5-Foot Alligator Pulled From Swimming Pool

Getting a gator caused a splash at a swimming pool in Port Arthur, Texas.

Gator Country owner Gary Saurage jumped into a residential swimming pool to extract the 5-foot-long unwanted alligator.

Larry Bland told KFDM-TV he wasn't sure who to contact when the
gator turned up in his pool on Saturday.

Bland's calls to various agencies eventually led to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and assistance from Gator Country.

Video of the removal shows Saurage wrestling with the reptile in the 10-foot-deep pool before removing the animal. Saurage says it's nesting season, which is one reason why the gators are coming out
of their more reclusive habitat.

Gator Country is a combination haven for alligators, learning center and recreational complex.

Port Arthur is about 90 miles east of Houston.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    I would have kept him, let him get a little bit bigger, then kill it, then clean it and fire it on the grill.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jun 4, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    Aww, can we keep him? I'm surprised they didn't shoot him and try to throw him on the grill!

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