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Boca Raton family finds 8-foot alligator in pool

Posted at 10:47 AM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-05 19:17:01-05

Living in South Florida you expect to see leaves, bugs, tadpoles, even snakes in your pool. But, an alligator?

That's what a Boca Raton family found Monday morning.

An 8-foot gator was lounging in the water at a home on SW 14th Drive.

Every morning Matt Fino takes his 23 year old dog Charlie out.

"Goes about his business," said Fino.

Monday morning, the routine was a little different.

"See a 7-8 foot alligator," said Fino.

He woke up his wife Janet Rosa.

"Still in bed when Matt came in there screaming," said Rosa.

She had to see it for herself.

"Everybody immediately sprung up and ran outside to look," said Fino.

The family lives near a canal, which is presumably where the gator came from.

Trappers were called and safely took the reptile away.

From now on, Matt's morning routine will go a little differently.

"Absolutely, no doubt when I open that door I'll be staring at the pool."

Always on the look out for gators.