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Florida deputy kicks alligator out of backyard swimming pool

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office posted this photo in a Facebook post with the caption, in part, 'Thinking about taking a swim on a Saturday? Make sure there isn't a gator inside the pool first!'
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office posted this photo in a Facebook post with the caption, in part, 'Thinking about taking a swim on a Saturday? Make sure there isn't a gator inside the pool first!' (Courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Facebook)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A sheriff’s deputy got one of those only in Florida calls over the weekend when she had to wrangle an alligator out of a backyard swimming pool.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s officials said in a Facebook post that Deputy Heather Harris “played lifeguard” Saturday in St. Petersburg.

Thinking about taking a swim on a Saturday? Make sure there isn't a gator inside the pool first! Deputy Heather Harris...

Posted by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, April 24, 2021

After posing for a quick selfie with the gator lurking in the pool, she “kicked this guy out.”

She was later photographed holding the small gator, whose snout was taped shut.

Residents can call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Alligator Hotline if a gator shows up in your yard, or swimming pool. And, yes, that number is 866-392-GATOR.


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