Alligator rescued after spending days stranded in a Florida storm drain
After spending many days trapped in a storm drain in a residential Florida neighborhood, a huge alligator was rescued.
Louis Fernandez of Miami-Dade County’s Westchester said he and buddy Javier Alvarez were playing catch in their neighborhood when they noticed an animal in a storm drain that they initially mistook for a turtle.
Fernandez stated, “The nose is moving and breathing and I’m like that’s not a turtle, that’s when we figured out that it’s a gator.”
Residents became concerned when the alligator remained in the area for several days, prompting them to alert the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The alligator, which was 8 to 11 feet long, appeared to be stranded in the storm drain, so Miami-Dade County Public Works was called in to flush the storm drain with water.
Officer Ron Washington said, “We called public works, and they used some water pumps to push water through the storm drain.”
“It went to the positive outflow into the canal and eventually the gator did swim back into the canal.”
Officers were unable to capture the gator, but the rescue has been deemed a success, according to Washington.
“Any day where nobody is hurt and no animals are hurt, then our mission has been fulfilled. We’re the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and protecting our natural resources is number one and public safety, also.”
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