Texas – no, not Florida – homeowners were stunned to see a huge visitor crawling around their neighborhood this week.
A 10-foot alligator was found roaming the streets of a subdivision in Atascocita, located about 30 miles northeast of Houston down in Harris County, according to a tweet by Constable Mark Herman.
Neighbors told Houston NBC affiliate KPRC that the gator was first spotted on a surveillance camera partially underneath a truck in someone’s driveway early Monday morning.
By the time police arrived, the alligator was back in the street.
Law enforcement officers called a specialist to the scene who covered the animal’s face with a hoodie and tied it up. Then he worked with a tow truck driver to lift the gator into the bed of his pickup truck before driving away.
The alligator is now safe with Animal Control.
A homeowner told KPRC said there are many gators in the neighborhood bayou, but they’re much smaller than this one.