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Monster alligator named 'Larry' is a local star in The Villages, Florida

Larry the alligator in The Villages, Florida
Posted at 7:32 AM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 07:35:20-05

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.

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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