SUNSET BEACH, N.C. — An unexpected guest was found relaxing on somebody’s front sidewalk Thursday morning in Sunset Beach.

Sunset Beach police posted a photo of an 8-foot long alligator just hanging out on the sidewalk.

Officers said they stood by and waited for the reptile to move along.

Sunset Beach officers said this was a good reminder that alligators are protected animals in North Carolina that can’t be fed, harassed or harmed by anyone.  They said the scaly creatures live in a lot of the ponds around Sunset Beach and find their way into surprising places.

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