Published April 30, 2013
Workers at a Florida business complex got a surprise Tuesday morning when they arrived for work: an alligator in the parking lot, snapping at cars.
The workers called the local sheriff's office to remove the gator, which they estimated to be about eight feet long, MyFoxTampaBay.com reports.
Deputy Jeff Krandell was the first to arrive. But instead of waiting for an alligator trapper, Krandell grabbed a rope from his trunk.
He said the animal was heading towards the roadway, so he had to jump into action. Krandell was able to wrangle the gator and tie it up the animal, which turned out to be 10 feet long.
When Florida Fish and Wildlife arrived, the alligator was turned over to a licensed trapper.
The alligator was in the Woodlands Parkway area in Palm Harbor outside an Achieva Bank and a dentist's office.
This was not Deputy Krandell's first animal encounter. He wrestled another alligator about 15 years ago, also while on the force with the sheriff's office.