Massive alligator caught in South Florida

A local business owner called on the police to remove the gator from a park in Florida.


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JUPITER, FLORIDA — Police in Florida were called to remove a 750-pound alligator from Jupiter Commerce Park last week.

A business owner near the park called on the authorities to get rid of the 12-foot long gator, The Associated Press reports.

The gator was "carefully removed without harm," with the help of a trapper, according to a Facebook post by The Jupiter Police Department.

The Sun Sentinel cites the trapper as saying to the authorities that the alligator was estimated to be around 100 years old. It was then relocated to a gator farm in South Florida, according to the Associated Press.

The Florida police shared pictures of the gator on Facebook. Online commentators were quick to praise the police on taking swift action.

Alligators are typically active when the weather is warm in South Florida, The Sun Sentinel reports.

According to the Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, male American alligators are typically 11.2 feet in length while female alligators are typically 8.2 feet in size.

According to the Institute, "exceptionally large" male alligators can weigh as much as 1000 pounds.

These alligators usually live to be around 50 years of age.
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