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Florida of the day: The gator could’ve eaten your homework

gator on campus

Photo by Kiki Coulouras (@keeeks37). Click the photo to see the source.

definitely floridaEast 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.

gator trapper

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:

Footage from the local FOX 13 News.

In other local news, IT WOULD APPEAR THAT IN THE PURSUIT OF BREAKING NEWS, A LOCAL NEWS REPORTER’S CAPS LOCK KEY IS STUCK:

caps lock

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