Shopping mall has reptilian visitor

May 19, 2010 at 7:37 PM

ORLANDO, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- A Florida shopping mall had an unexpected, and unwelcome, visitor Wednesday when a 10-foot alligator took up residence on a nearby sidewalk, authorities said.

Trappers were called to the Millenia Mall in Orlando, Fla., early in the morning to capture and remove the animal, WESH-TV, Orlando, reported.

They said more of the reptiles are seen at this time of year when the alligators' mating season begins.

"Most of the time when you have a big single alligator, it's usually a male adult searching for a girlfriend," gator trapper Terry Parlier said.

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