28 April 2011

7-foot alligator found in woman's bathroom, officials plan to euthanize

In the good old days, doggie doors seemed like a spectacular idea, but as the highly educational films "Home Alone" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" have taught us, Fido's source of freedom can sometimes be a source of menace.  At least, that was the case in Palmetto, Florida, recently when resident Alexis Dunbar returned to her home to find an angry 7-foot alligator hanging out in her bathroom. 

Dunbar said she suspected the determined gator found its way into her home by crawling under a fence and through the back porch doggie door, which was primarily used by her cats (the cats were not harmed by the unwelcome guest). 

Though the alligator already suffered a number of injuries in the process of getting into the house, the officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee who came to trap the creature said they planned to euthanize it.  The reason?  Sadly, alligators are considered a nuisance in that area when they are more than 4 feet long, and it seems they are considered especially dangerous now, since spring is their mating season.

Stephanie DeBalko | @_stephanied_
Stephanie is a freelance writer who loves shelter dogs and Vegenaise. She recently came to the conclusion that the written word could be an amazing ally for all animals, and is choosing to use her nerdy love of grammar and punctuation for the greater good of animal welfare. She can also be found at Homespun by Stephanie.

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