PALMETTO, Fla., April 25 (UPI) -- A Palmetto, Fla., woman who discovered a 7-foot-long alligator in her guest bedroom said the reptile apparently crawled into her house through a doggie door.
Alexis Dunbar, who found the gator when she returned to the house Saturday, said she believes it came from a nearby pond, crawled under a chain-link fence and wiggled through the door used by her two cats, WFLA-TV, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla., reported Monday.
"He must look at [the cats] as food every day," she said. "He finally got bold and came up on the bank."
"My neighbor said she heard my porch things being knocked over at 3 a.m.," she said. "So he must've been here all night until I got home at 12 p.m. the next day. My furniture was all moved around; my blinds were all discombobulated."
Dunbar said her boyfriend used a table to barricade the gator in the bathroom until wildlife officers arrived. She said the officers told her the reptile would be killed because it measures more than 4 feet long and represents a threat to people and pets.
She said her cats, who were able to avoid the gator, will have to get along without the doggie door in the future.
"I don't like doggie doors anymore," she said. "It's scary."