11-foot-long alligator breaks into Florida home overnight

Saul Bowman
June 2, 2019

A Florida police division removed an unwanted visitor from a home in Eagles Landing Circle West in Clearwater, Florida.

A large alligator was found inside a Clearwater home after it broke in through some low windows overnight, city officials said.

Resident Mary Wischhusen, 77, was on her way to the bathroom at around 3:30 a.m. when she heard a loud crash and discovered her unwelcome house guest, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

She said the kitchen table was destroyed and that it appeared the gator got into some of her wine.


The woman uses a walker and says she played computer games while waiting for help to arrive.

Police said during the apprehension, the gator, who suffered minor cuts, knocked over a wine case, breaking several bottles. The city posted photos of the close encounter to Twitter, with one particularly nice shot of the gator's powerful jaws wide open, snapping at police.

It was still dark when the massive beast raided the kitchen through the home's ground-level windows, the department said in a tweet.

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