Alligators are nothing new in Florida, but the Davie Police Department recently caught a gator that’ll make you look twice.
WFOR-TV reports the policemen were called to a bike trail near a canal, where they discovered an 11-foot, 450-pound gator staring back at them.
“Probably the largest alligator that I’ve encountered out on the roadways and actually in Davie in my 19 years of experience with the road patrol,” Officer Anthony Berardo told the news station.
WFOR-TV spoke with Ariel Gonzalez, who discovered the gator and called 911. Gonzalez said he was “shocked.”
“I literally was shocked,” he told the station. “I made the U-turn because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
Catching the alligator was described to WFOR-TV as a “great team effort.” Along with numerous police, it also required a trapper, who subdued the animal.
The canal where the gator was captured is near Falcon Cover Middle School and Cypress Bay High School. The news station also reports the aftermath of the alligator attack on a toddler at Walt Disney World earlier this year was fresh on the minds of those around during the Davie encounter.
“It’s very dangerous, and it’s very scary,” Sandra Fagan told WFOR-TV. “Unfortunately with kids, sometimes they’re not aware of the dangers, and they’re just walking around. Sometimes they’re on their phone and they’re not paying attention.”