Bizarre news

  1. Florida couple awakens to 9-foot gator at front door (video)


    CORAL SPRINGS — Luann and Jorge Alonso have lived in their house on the fringe of the Everglades for 18 years. They've seen alligators -- but they never imagined that a 9-footer would come to the front door.

  2. Fox 13's snarky tweet about Detroit backfires

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    A small little Twitter skirmish involving local Fox affiliate WTVT-Ch.13 and the Detroit Fox affiliate erupted shortly after the David Price trade was announced.

  3. Video: Shark heads straight for swimmer, everyone freaks out

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    Facebook user Dan Flynn was fishing off a pier at Navarre Beach in the Panhandle when he noticed something dark heading toward a swimmer. It was a hammerhead shark, and in the tense seconds that followed you can hear people shouting and screaming as the menace gets closer and closer.

  4. Pinellas police blotter: Serial burglar done in by his stomach

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    Crumbs, DNA left behind after appetite is fed

  5. Photos: Comic Con's weird, wacky, wonderful costumes


    Comic Con is almost here, and organizers are hoping that at least 1,531 of the more than 30,000 expected attendees come dressed as a comic book character, setting a new Guinness World Record.

    Isaiah Giegk of Spring Hill dressed as Beast at the 2013 Tampa Bay Comic Con.  [AUSTIN ANTHONY   |   Times]
  6. Wildlife officials ready to round up menacing tegu lizards (video)


    Its name sounds exotic and cool. But the tegu lizard, with its forked tongue and fierce appetite for native species, is a growing pest that might be on the verge of rivaling the python as the state's menace of the moment.

    The tegu lizard is native to Argentina and can grow up to 4 feet long. They love to eat eggs and are a threat to Florida's wildlife. Photo by Ron Knight via Flickr
  7. At the Gourmet Rodent, 70,000 reptiles are ready for new homes

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    NEWBERRY — Less than a mile from downtown Newberry, hidden almost in plain sight, sits a group of unmarked gray warehouse buildings that contain either endless wonders or the stuff of nightmares, depending on how you feel about snakes.

    Mike Layman, co-owner of the Gourmet Rodent, holds a rainbow boa at the reptile farm in Newberry. Layman is one of the world's largest suppliers of non-venomous snakes and other reptiles to pet shops and breeders. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Doug Finger)
  8. Video: Squealing schnauzer passes out from reunion excitement


    A pet schnauzer who hadn't seen a woman in two years got so excited he had a fainting spell.

  9. Spared prison, 550-pound man sought freedom; judge weighs in


    TREASURE ISLAND — A morbidly obese man whose poor health helped him avoid prison time had his request for a shortened sentence denied this month.

    Steven Goodman, 70, arrives at federal court in West Palm Beach in 2012 for sentencing on charges he sold more than 1 million prescription meds to fake pain management clinics. RICHARD GRAULICH/ZUMAPRESS.COM
  10. Rampaging peacocks to be removed from park


    Peacocks are once again rampaging through the northern part of Pinellas Park, prompting officials to hire a trapper to remove the birds. City officials earlier this month hired Vernon Yates' Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation to trap, tranquilize and remove "nuisance peacocks" in the area around Helen Howarth Park, 6301 …

    This isn't the actual rampaging peacock. But wouldn't you freak if something like this started heading toward you?  AMY MARTZ   |   Special to the Times