Alligator rescued from Pinellas Co. storm drain

SEMINOLE, Fla. -- You've heard the urban legends of alligators in sewers and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office would like to add some veracity to those tall tales as they rescued a seven-foot-long female alligator from a storm drain on Friday afternoon. 


Deputies Meagan Nestor, 26, Damon Laney, 35 and Cory List, 25 helped hoist the creature up out of the drain through a manhole cover.

The poor alligator was found at 5:19 p.m. after a neighbor reported she was stuck between a pipe and the drain.


She was trying to exit the drain through the roadway, but scurried back in further when someone tried to "prevent the alligator from being hit by a car," according to the release.


Deputies used a dog leash to secure the alligator's jaw shut then applied duct tape to keep it closed. They then used the same dog leash to loop around the alligator's body behind its front legs.

The alligator was turned over to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and will live out the rest of her days on an alligator farm.

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