Nearly 9-foot alligator pulled from pool at Florida home

Posted at 7:29 AM, Oct 17, 2019

PARKLAND, Fla. — A nearly 9-foot alligator was caught in a pool at a Florida home on Tuesday.

"The gator had walked through the screen and into the pool" in Parkland, according to Instagram page @gatorboysalligatorrescue.

Trapper Paul Bedard said he had to play with the gator in the water until it became tired, then he carried the reptile out.

"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," Bedard said.

"These are actually fun because the gator can't go anywhere and the water's almost always crystal clear."

Bedard is known as one of the 'gator boys' that rescue alligators from backyards, swimming pools and garages then takes them to Everglades Holiday Park.

"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," Bedard said.

This story was originally published by WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida.