Wandering Gator Winds up on Tampa Doorstep

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Florida alligators are known to roam in
springtime when they search for mates, but a Tampa woman was
mystified to find one parked on her doorstep.
Belinda Donaldson got a call Thursday morning from a neighbor
who warned her to stay inside because an 11-foot alligator was
lounging on her front stoop. She looked out the window and there it
was, just outside her door.
Donaldson says 'gators sometimes wander away from one of the
many lakes in her suburban neighborhood of tidy lawns and neat,
1-story homes just west of Tampa, but she'd never seen one that
big.
A trapper struggled for an hour to bind its jaws with a loop of
rope on the end of a stick before getting the 400- to 500-pound
reptile tied up and hauling it away in a truck.


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