An alligator on your porch is alarming. An alligator on your second-story porch is something else entirely. But that’s what happened in South Carolina recently.
According to The Post and Courier, Susie Polston woke up in the middle of the night after hearing a ruckus on her second-story porch. At first, she thought someone was trying to break into the house. Turns out, a nearly 10-foot-long gator had climbed the stairs to the second-story porch and settled down between the outdoor furniture.
“It was just surreal,” Polston told the paper. “It was so bizarre.”
A reptile removal specialist spent a few hours trying to corral the gator, but it wouldn’t budge. Given the gator’s size, it couldn’t be easily dragged out like a smaller gator.
State law stipulates that nuisance-trapped alligators must be killed, but gators are typically removed first. After two hours of getting nowhere with the 10-footer, though, the removal agent consulted with the family, and the decision was made to euthanize the gator on site.