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Gator with head trapped in storm sewer freed by law officers, citizens

SEMINOLE — Citizens and law enforcement officers banded together Friday to free an alligator that managed to get its snout stuck in a roadside storm drain.

A concerned citizen notified the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office of the distressed gator at about 1:30 p.m.. When deputies arrived in the residential neighborhood, they found the reptile had an even bigger problem.

The gator, its snout wedged between a roadside gutter and a cement block that surrounded a manhole cover, appeared to have slipped completely inside the drain before getting stuck.

A trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission soon arrived. After opening the manhole, the trapper, deputies and onlookers yanked the 8-foot gator from the hole.

After examining the animal for injuries, Wildlife officials will take it to a gator farm near Dover, authorities said.

Gator with head trapped in storm sewer freed by law officers, citizens 02/08/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 6:43pm]
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