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Man swims with, rescues 'mellow' 9-foot gator in Parkland pool

Gator Boys Alligator Rescue's Paul Bedard posts reptile rescue

Paul Bedard of Gator Boys Rescue was called to a Parkland home on Wednesday where he found a large gator in a swimming pool. The alligator was roughly eight or nine feet long, Bedard wrote in his Instagram post.
Paul Bedard of Gator Boys Rescue was called to a Parkland home on Wednesday where he found a large gator in a swimming pool. The alligator was roughly eight or nine feet long, Bedard wrote in his Instagram post. (Instagram @gatorboysalligatorrescue)

PARKLAND, Fla. – Paul Bedard of Gator Boys Alligator Rescue was called to a Parkland home on Wednesday where he found a large gator in a swimming pool. The alligator was roughly 8 or 9 feet long, Bedard wrote in his Instagram post.

He also noted his excitement in a pool rescue, having not done one in over a year.

"(Pool) rescues are actually fun because the gator can't go anywhere, and the water's almost always crystal clear," Bedard said. "So all I have to do is jump in the water play around with him until he's tired and I can either hold his mouth shut and put a snare on it and tape it, or if he is super energetic I can get him tired enough where I can just pick him up without the tape and carry him out in the yard and then tape him up once I get there.

"This guy was super mellow didn't really give me a hard time at all, I couldn't get him to spin on me. He really wanted nothing to do with me."

Bedard chronicles the rescue in a series of photos on his Instagram

 

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Got an e-gator call this morning about an 8 to 9 foot alligator in a swimming pool up in Parkland. The gator had walked through the screen and into the pool. I haven't had a good-sized gator in a swimming pool in probably a year, so I was kind of looking forward to this when I got the call. These are actually fun because the gator can't go anywhere and the water's almost always crystal clear. So all I have to do is jump in the water play around with him until he's tired and I can either hold his mouth shut and put a snare on it and tape it, or if he super energetic I can get him tired enough where I can just pick him up without the tape and carry him out in the yard and then tape him up once I get there. This guy was super mellow didn't really give me a hard time at all, I couldn't get him to spin on me he really wanted nothing to do with me. I simply made a frontal catch put a snare on his mouth and taped him up. Then finally got him to expend some energy.... I didn't want to pull him out of the water until he was tired, because he'll usually go into a death roll and smash himself up on the concrete or, if he's not taped, bite the concrete or something so it's always better to make him expend that energy in the water where is not going to get banged up. He ended up being 8 feet 8 in, and didn't really give me a hassle at all, it was basically as smooth and easy as it ever gets. Thank you Lord, much appreciated. #gatorboysalligatorrescue #gatorboys #rescue #animal #alligator #gators #gator #paulbedard #evergladesholidaypark #everglades #crocodile #croc #greatful #nuisancealligator

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