A Florida woman boasted to her Facebook friends about her new “puppy.”
It wasn’t a puppy.
Included in Cindy Frasier’s post is a picture of an alligator in her garage, next to an animal cage.
“I bought this new puppy off of eBay, but something seems to be wrong with him,” begins her post. “Does anyone know if Cesar Milan works with this new breed, Chihauhator or Gatohauhau?”
Frasier, of Polk City, joked that “his disposition is a little nasty and at seven feet, six inches...I want him to be more respectful.”
In all seriousness, Frasier spotted the gator at her Polk County home’s garage as she was grabbing a golf cart.
“He is the reason I didn’t get sunset photos last night,” Frasier wrote.
Her Facebook friends commended her ability to joke about such an alarming situation.
“I would have a coronary,” posted a pal. “A bird flew in my house last night and I was freaking out.”
Frasier says the proper authorities were called and “Mr. Snappy,” as the visitor was affectionately nicknamed, was “rehomed.”
“We don’t mind the small ones, but he was big enough to catch our little Chihuahua,” she said.
Sunshine Staters concerned about an alligator in their midst should call the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR.
As a general rule, an alligator is deemed a nuisance if it is at least four feet in length and the caller believes it “poses a threat to people, pets or property,” according to the FWC website.
“There are situations when smaller alligators wind up in places that are not acceptable, such as swimming pools, garages, etc., and must be removed,” says the agency.
Since it is illegal in Florida to relocate a nuisance alligator in the wild, the reptile is either humanely killed by a licensed trapper or placed in captivity.
Alligators have a strong homing instinct, and if relocated, often will return to where they were caught, adds the FWC.