Alligator Disturbs South Florida Couple After Entering Their Garage and Chugging a Case of Soda

Toby Hazlewood

The reptile was trapped and thirsty

A couple from South Florida were forced to call for help recently, after hearing disturbance in their garage, it was reported on April 29. Fearing an intruder, the couple peeked through a crack in the door from their home into the garage of their Collier County home, to be greeted with the sight of an 8-foot alligator.

The beast was just backing away from a stack of soda cans that it had clearly decided to sample - there was soda foam forming a puddle around the gator and spreading across the floor.

A birthday surprise

The sodas had been bought by homeowners Karyn and Jamie Dobson, ready for a birthday party. Describing the scene, Jamie Dobson had this to say:

“I open the door about a quarter way, peek my head in, and there’s the alligator. “There was Diet Coke spewing everywhere because the gator tore open the box (and) had a few cans, probably thought it was beer maybe.”

It seems as though the alligator may have sneaked into the garage when the door was open, and once trapped inside it must have built up a thirst and homed-in on the pile of soda cans.

Gators where you least expect them

Attacks by alligators on humans are rare, even in Florida where the reptiles are widespread. A 2005 study reported just 376 alligator attacks since 1948. However, it has been observed that gator attacks are on the increase from around 6 per year in 1971 to around 10 per year between 1987 and 2017.

And as the Dobson's of Naples, FL experienced, the cold-blooded reptiles often turn up where they're least expected.

In April 2022, construction workers were putting finishing touches to a new home in Fort Myers, FL when they discovered a large gator that had taken up residence in the master bedroom of the property. It is thought the reptile was seeking some warmth during unseasonably cold weather.

In a separate episode, an 8-foot gator was discovered swimming in the pool of an unoccupied home in Venice, FL. A local pool service firm got more than it bargained for when it was called to help remove the reptile.

Even when they do show up, it's usually possible for them to be returned to the wild, unharmed, as long as trained professionals are available to help. In the case of the Collier County gator, a trapper was called and who captured the alligator and relocated it to a non-residential area.

Have you had any wild encounters with gators or other species of predator in Florida? Let me know in the comments section below.

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