Florida family pulls 9-foot gator from pool

Posted at 11:22 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 04:14:59-05

A Central Florida family experienced quite the shock when they discovered an alligator in their backyard swimming pool.

The Lakeland homeowner got home around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and went out to his backyard, where he noticed bubbles coming up to the surface of the water, according to Craig Lear.

When he realized a gator was in the pool, he called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lear said. They sent a trapper to safely remove it.

The home is located on Osprey Landing Drive in the Eagle Brooke Golf Course subdivision.

? GATOR IN THE POOL ? Whoa! This Florida family found a 9-FOOT GATOR in their backyard swimming pool! -- “Y’all got a leash or anything like that or a piece of rope or anything?”The full story and how the little fella got in there coming up tonight at 11 on WPTV.

Posted by WPTV on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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