Close Encounters of the Scaly Kind: Alligator Found in Florida Storm Drain.
As someone who has seen a alligator in person in Cape Coral, let me tell you, it’s an experience you won’t forget anytime soon. Let’s just say, I didn’t need a caffeine boost that day. But hey, it’s all part of living in Florida. Recently, a storm water crew in Oviedo was investigating potholes on the roadway when they stumbled upon a surprise guest. And no, it wasn’t a friendly neighborhood cat or a lost puppy, but a five-foot-long alligator!
According to WFLA, at first, the crew thought the gator was just a toad, which is a pretty massive misidentification, if you ask me. But when the alligator turned around, revealing its long tail, they quickly realized their mistake. And yet, they decided to follow it through the pipes for about 340 feet. I mean, who needs Netflix when you have a real-life alligator show?
But the excitement was short-lived as the robot got stuck on a little indentation, and the alligator simply meandered off. Maybe the gator had other plans and didn’t want to star in a storm water pipe documentary. Who can blame it? It’s not like there’s any popcorn down there.
This story reminds us that storm water pipes are not the place to go for a casual stroll. Unless, of course, you’re a robot programmed for that sort of thing. So let’s leave the exploration to the professionals and their trusty robots. It’s safer that way, and we don’t want any more mistaken identity mishaps.
We can all be grateful for the storm water crew and their robot, who saved us from encountering a reptilian surprise. But next time, let’s hope it sticks to more gator-friendly environments.
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