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Florida couple find 7-foot alligator lurking in garage

March 2 (UPI) -- A Florida woman said she thought her husband was playing a practical joke on her before she opened her garage door and saw the 7-foot alligator for herself.

Torrie Heathcoat said her family had just gotten home to Fort Myers after a trip to Maine when her husband, Andy, make a quick run to the gas station and left the garage door open while he was gone.

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Heathcoat said she didn't believe Andy when he returned home and told her there was a large gator in the garage.

"When my husband said there was a gator in the garage I thought he was kidding. When I open the door it was literally on the other side of the door," Heathcoat told WPTV. "Now I'm terrified that there will be one under my car. I don't know if it came from the lake, I don't know if it came from the reserve."

Heathcoat called 911 and posted a photo of the scene to Facebook while waiting for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to respond.

The FWC said the gator was safely relocated to a suitable habitat in North Fort Myers.

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