Florida Woman Wakes Up In Morning To Find 11-Foot Alligator In Kitchen

by : UNILAD on : 01 Apr 2019 19:13
Clearwater Police Department

A Florida woman has described the shock of waking up to a massive alligator on her kitchen floor.

77-year-old Mary Wischhusen was in the bathroom when she heard ‘a large crash’ at 3:30 in the morning.

To her surprise, the unlikely intruder was an ‘aggressive’ 11-foot alligator.


Somehow, the reptile had broken in through low windows in her kitchen.

Clearwater Police Department

Mary told reporters at the Tampa Bay Times:

All I had was a vision of a huge head. A big head looking at me saying, ‘Hey.’


Unsurprisingly, Mary did not stick around to say hello and reportedly dashed to her bedroom to call 911.

Stranger still, authorities were already on the case.

The dangerous creature had been spotted on the street by Patricia Picora who regularly delivers newspapers to Mary’s home.

Patricia speculated she ‘startled the animal’ with her car’s headlights. It then ‘immediately tried to scurry away and squeeze into a nearby street drain’.

Clearwater Police Department

Too big to fit down the drain, the grumpy gator headed toward’s Mary’s house instead and ‘began to thrash around.’

Florida’s Clearwater police department was on the scene to trap and remove the alligator.

It took 10 police officers and two trappers to ‘find the reptile stretched out on the kitchen floor, opening his jaws wide as they snapped photos’, the Tampa Bay Times reports.


Despite the huge kerfuffle, Mary wasn’t too perturbed by the huge reptile on her kitchen floor.

The pensioner reportedly stayed locked in her bedroom playing ‘video games on her computer’ while the alligator was removed.

Luckily no one was hurt by the gator, which was said to be one of the ‘largest’ Mary had ever seen.

Though she escaped without injury, Mary was annoyed to learn her ‘good stuff’ was damaged.


‘I don’t know why he wanted my red wine, but he got my red wine,’ she told the Tampa Bay Times.

We vow to never complain about spiders in the bathroom ever again…

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Topics: Animals, Alligator, crocodile, Viral, wild animals


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