Sunday 4 December 2016

'Abnormally large' alligator pulled from drain in Florida after ‘bad smell’ complaints

Published 15/06/2016 | 10:47

A massive alligator was found clogging a drain
A massive alligator was found clogging a drain

An ‘abnormally large’ alligator has been pulled from a storm drain in Florida after officials in the state received complaints of a bad smell.

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The 11-foot long gator was found rotting in a pipe in a Fort Myers neighbourhood and removed by stunned Lee County Department of Transportation (LeeDOT) officials on June 13.

“Lee DOT was alerted to the situation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, which received a call related to an odour coming from a storm drain. DOT arrived on site and confirmed the odour was consistent with that of a decaying alligator,” Lee County Government said in a statement.

“DOT generally is alerted to such situations by reports of odour coming from a catch basin or when drainage is backed up for no obvious reason.

“DOT staff looped a line around the dead gator’s neck and brought in an excavator to pull the animal from the catch basin. DOT staff snapped one photo and the gator was deposited in a DOT dump truck and taken to a DOT site designated for disposal of dead animals and other DOT debris. The gator was buried.”

Lee DOT said it typically handles the removal of one to two dead alligators in storm drain infrastructure annually.

Lee County DOT Director Randy Cerchie, said: “This was an abnormally large gator, but removal is part of what we do.

“The catch basin was about four feet wide at the point where the gator was found; the gator was about three feet below the ground. Pipes leading into the catch basin area were about 14-inches by 24-inches.”

He added: “We don’t usually see gators that big because our pipes are not that big.”

It comes as  another alligator dragged a two-year-old boy into the water at Orlando's Disney World Resort.

Police in Florida were also recently called to a gruesome scene after reports of an alligator seen with a human body in its mouth.

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