Gator found relaxing in residential swimming pool

Gator found swimming in residential pool
Posted at 11:27 AM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 17:51:49-04

A 7-8 foot gator was found at the bottom of a swimming pool at a home in Lithia Wednesday morning.



The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office contacted FWC, who sent out a trapper to remove the gator.

"We went through the usual procedure of wearing it down , we wear it down to protect the reptile so it won't get harmed when we capture it cause it don't know what we are going to do with it, " said Gator Trapper Robb Upthegrove.

Upthegrove believes the gator went from the black water swamps to the blue water of Orlando Mora's swimming pool because of recent heavy rains.

"The gators decide they want to move around...with all this rain we've had. They move around searching for new water or for some food," Upthegrove said.

According to Upthegrove, this specific reptile has been on his raider for a while.

"He's avoiding me and now he set him self up to get caught."

Upthegrove was able to capture the gator, tape up his mouth and relocated him to a gator farm, where he'll have plenty to eat.

"We used to see them all the time. We just never though we were going to see them in a swimming pool," homeonwer Orlando Mora said while laughing.

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