THE VILLAGES, Fla. — (WESH/NBC) - Residents of a Central Florida community enjoy the sunshine, the breezes across a golf course lake and their very own local celebrity: a giant alligator named Larry.
The Villages is a retirement community known for two things: its leisurely living and a famous gator.
Larry lives in a lake by a golf course, and when he gets bored, he gives his human neighbors a thrill and makes his gargantuan presence known, which is what he did this weekend.
A resident’s son recorded recent video of Larry strutting his stuff across a golf cart path.
Needless to say, traffic stopped both ways.
"I was first scared out of my pants because he was so large. And at first I didn't believe what I was seeing. I mean, it was like looking at a prehistoric monster. And I had one foot on my accelerator on my golf cart in case he made a move," said resident Marc Cher.
Larry is not just another Florida gator. He's a gator celebrity that people stop and stare at him. He a plaque with his name and even his own Facebook page.
People know the rules: Don't feed him, keep your children and pets away, keep your distance, but he is a source of entertainment.
Here in The Villages, “There's something about Larry."
Courtesy WESH via NBC News Channnel