No job too big or small (or scaly)
A Florida pool service firm got more than they bargained for when they were called to attend to an issue with a customer's swimming pool. Representatives from Hodge Pool Service arrived for the job in Venice, Florida, only to be confronted by the sight of an alligator, 8-feet long and happily swimming about.
The company posted pictures and videos from the alligator's capture on their company Facebook page. The post has since attracted some welcome publicity for the firm who are clearly ready to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to servicing their customers' needs.
An uninvited guest
It would appear that the pool is attached to a home that's for sale and currently unoccupied. The opportunistic gator had torn a hole in the pool screen and made itself at home, swimming in the crystalline waters.
Representatives of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were called to assist, and the reptile was eventually moved to a safe location in the wild.
There are an estimated 1.25 million Alligators in Florida. In spite of their intimidating experience and the fact that they can be deadly if approached, recorded gator attacks in the USA are thankfully rare.
A 2005 study reported just 376 alligator attacks since 1948. In Florida, gator attacks were on the increase from around 6 per year in 1971 to around 10 per year between 1987 and 2017. The numbers involved are still relatively small given the ferocious nature of alligators and how dangerous they appear.
There have been just 23 deaths in Florida from alligators between 1948 and 2016. Compared to the 51 people who've died from being struck by lightning in Florida over the same period, the number of attacks by gator on human seems quite small.
Having taken on the gator in the Venice pool, the team from Hodge Pool Service certainly demonstrated excellent customer service and fearlessness in the face of danger!
Have you had any close encounters with an alligator in Florida? Let me know in the comments section below.