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.


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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