Photos: Alligator Seen Strolling Across Florida Street After Hurricane Irma Ravages State
With large parts of Florida underwater after Hurricane Irma and residents already facing a string of hazards, fire crews have spotted something else they need to worry about.
A large alligator was seen casually strolling through a neighbourhood in the Melbourne area of the stricken US state by a stunned firefighter.
Authorities have warned people to be on the lookout for dangerous escaped animals after a mass evacuation ahead of the deadly hurricane.
Posting a video of a police truck keeping an eye on the reptile, photojournalist Michael Moore wrote: "Not sure the mandatory evacuations apply to this guy."
Bosses at Gatorland wildlife reserve in Orlando - which is home to more than 2,000 alligators - have said the animal is nothing to do with them.
Park president Mark McHugh told CBS : "If you see an alligator floating down the street right by your house, it ain't ours. Don't call us. Call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Department."
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