GATOR-ADE

AMERICAN ALLIGATOR (Alligator mississippiensis) Myakka River State Park, Florida, USA

Dylan Bettencourt

A thirsty alligator in Florida could not wait any longer for a family’s birthday party to begin so it broke into the garage and grabbed some Diet Coke.

When Karyn and Jamie Dobson heard a loud bang coming from the garage, they jumped up to see what was going on. It was not what they expected.

“I open the door about a quarter, peek my head in, and there’s this alligator,” Jamie Dobson said.

The couple said the alligator, which was around 2.4 metres long, began backing away when they opened the door.

“There was Diet Coke spewing everywhere because the gator tore open the box and had a few cans. Maybe he thought it was beer,” Karyn said.

“We were standing there like scaredy cats. People have sent me texts and emails. They all sent comments like ‘what a great birthday present’.”

The alligator snuck into their garage after the couple left it open when they took their dogs for a walk.

As they had only recently moved into the area they were not aware of the dangers that come with leaving the garage open.

An alligator trapper captured the animal and relocated it back to its natural habitat away from the residential area.

Alligators began roaming the streets of the surrounding areas searching for a partner. It is the mating season which began in April.  

The animal rarely poses a threat to humans during contact, wildlife officials claimed.

“Alligators seldom bite people for reasons other than food,” the Florida fish and wildlife commission says in its human-alligator incidents fact sheet.

“Female alligators may protect their nests by hissing and opening their mouths to frighten intruders but rarely bite people. Alligator bites are most likely to occur in or around water.”

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