Florida firefighters are used to dealing with emergencies, but messy alligators in their station house are usually out of the question.
But on Thursday evening, a medium-sized gator wandered to Fort Myers South Trail Fire Station 64, so these first responders were those seeking help.
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According to the station’s Facebook page, the firefighter walked outside to pick up the American flag at 5 pm and found “Alli” or “Albert” hanging at the front entrance.
The images on the post show how the reptile seemed to want to stay for some time in different areas of the station entrance.
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Amy Bollen, a spokeswoman for Station 64, told the Miami Herald that Gator was “just sitting there” at the entrance.
He said this was the first alligator the station had ever noticed. The building is nowhere near the water, but close to the elementary school.
“We do not know where he is from, they were very confused,” he said.
The station received emergency assistance from the Florida Fish հանձնաժողով Wildlife Commission.
“While we were waiting for the FWC, three large firefighters stopped the alligator so he could not leave,” Bollen said. “He happily fell into the corner, he was not aggressive at all.”
A few hours later, the updated Facebook post thanked the agency for safely transporting the little boy (or girl) to the “appropriate place”.
“The alligator mating season usually starts in May,” he says, “but it is clear that some start early.”
Some social media users could not resist the desire to shed light on the potentially dangerous situation in the comments section.
Someone suggested that Ally / Albert might be the new mascot.
It is unlikely.
“We have never seen an alligator before, we hope we will not see it soon,” Bollen said.
Call the FWC hotline at 866-392-4286 to report disturbing alligators in your area.