An 11-foot alligator tore through the screen of a Florida home early Tuesday to access a swimming pool, prompting a call to authorities.
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office shared photos via Facebook showing the 550-pound gator in the pool and being dealt with (carefully) by deputies after the reptile was removed from the water at the Deep Creek residence.
“Water Safety Month, Tip #37: Always check your pool before diving in!” The Sheriff’s Office advised.
The post continued: “A Deep Creek family was awakened by some loud noises on their lanai and came out to find this guy taking a dip in their pool. Coming in at 10’11” and weighing over 550 lbs., he tore through the screen to get to the nice, cool water.”
It was not immediately clear if the gator was relocated or euthanized.