Two Alligators Found in Swimming Pools Around Tampa, Florida
Alligators were discovered in swimming pools around Tampa, Florida, according to homeowners. Videos of the gators were uploaded online.
Elizabeth Foster of Temple Terrace found a 9-foot-long specimen in her pool, while Palm Harbor resident Nancy Bloch discovered a 7-foot-long alligator in her pool.
They both found them on Wednesday, according to local media reports. According to MYNews13:
– Two homeowners found alligators in their pool
– They broke the screens in both lanais
– Both called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
– FWC says the gator mating season and warmer weather contributes to more active alligators
– Mating season goes from March to May
“I was headed towards the pool pump and something caught my eye and so I looked and there was a giant alligator in my pool,” Foster told the station.
She called a gator trapper to the scene. Two hours later, the gator, which was named “Loch Ness,” was removed.
“He chose my pool, so I felt very special. So, I thought I should name him,” she added. “It was a male. So, I thought, yeah, he’s my Loch Ness Monster.”
The gator weighed about 250 pounds.
On the other side of town, Bloch found the 7-foot-long gator. Her dog started barking.
“I went to see what she was barking at and I saw a very large shadow on the bottom of the pool,” she told Bay 9 News.
The FWC was called and it removed the animal.