9-foot gator removed from NC neighborhood on ‘leash’ after unauthorized stroll

SUNSET BEACH, N.C. — Officers with the Sunset Beach Police Department receive their fair share of animal complaints, but a recent encounter illustrated just how special coastal living can be.

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According to a post on the department’s official Facebook page, officers responded to Oyster Bay Drive on Oct. 15 after receiving multiple complaints about a 9-foot alligator wandering through the neighborhood.

On Friday October 15, 2021, Officers from the Sunset Beach Police Department were dispatched to Oyster Bay Drive for...

Posted by Sunset Beach Police Department on Thursday, October 21, 2021

Based on witness accounts, officers determined that the reptile, who had broken through the porch lattice at a reservation office and attempted to enter the seaside town’s community pool, just needed to cool off, WSOC-TV reported.

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In the spirit of both hospitality and a healthy amount of caution, officers obliged by fashioning a makeshift leash and leading the gator to a nearby pond, the TV station reported.