East Lake High, my wife’s old high school in nearby Tarpon Springs, had its “only in Florida” moment earlier this morning when students reported an alligator skulking around campus. Gators typically hunt at dusk or night, but we’re pretty close to mating season, when they get a little more bold than usual.
The gator was reported to be about 5 feet long. Students were gathered into the school’s gymnasium while a professional trapper rounded it up, taped its mouth shut (gators’ jaw muscles have great strength for snapping shut, but not for opening), and hauled it away.
Here’s some video of the trapper in action:
In other local news, IT WOULD APPEAR THAT IN THE PURSUIT OF BREAKING NEWS, A LOCAL NEWS REPORTER’S CAPS LOCK KEY IS STUCK: