This Florida homeowner found the ultimate surprise when she walked to the kitchen in the middle of the night.
Late-night runs to the kitchen are typically quick, stealthy and painless. However, nothing will disrupt the flow of a routine like a large reptile sitting in the middle of the floor.
The Clearwater Police Department responded to a call around 3:00 a.m. Friday morning from Eagles Landing when an 11-foot male alligator made its way into a Florida home.
Homeowner Mary Wischhusen, 77, initially woke up to the sound of a loud crash coming from the kitchen and decided she needed to investigate. That was when she found her unexpected visitor, which had climbed through a low window in the kitchen.
"It had this beautiful face staring at me as though he belonged there," she told Spectrum News.
Wischhusen immediately went to her room and called 911, but it turns out someone else already had. While delivering newspapers, Patricia Pecora noticed the gator from the street before Wischhusen ever found it.
"It sounded like something had fallen and busted," Pecora said. "That's when I said, 'I'm calling 911, because that sound, that's not a normal sound.'"
Although it kind of looks like blood is on the floor in the kitchen, it's actually the result of multiple broken wine bottles. Trappers were able to safely catch and remove the gator from the house.
They plan to take the alligator to a private farm in Fort Meade once it fully recovers.
"I'm grateful he didn't come to my bedroom and chase the door down and I'm grateful for all the people who helped me," Wischhusen said.
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