Alligator crawls out of drain at Alabama apartment complex

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FILE – In this Dec. 13, 2020, file photo, a small alligator sits on a log along a bank in the Maurepas Swamp in Ruddock, La. In the Trump administration’s last days, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a change to rules protecting alligators. Opponents say it’s an end run around the chance that Louisiana might lose a federal court challenge to California’s ban on alligator products. The government is taking comments until March 22, 2021, on the proposed change. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama apartment complex was paid a visit by an unusual guest as children were coming home from school Monday afternoon: an alligator that crawled out of a storm drain.

Kenisha Miller and her boyfriend, Anthony Patterson, told NewsNation affiliate WKRG that they were driving home when they stopped to do a double-take in a downtown Mobile neighborhood.

“We saw a gator coming out of the drainage hole, and I was like, ‘Is that really a gator?’” Miller said.

The couple tried to get police and wildlife officials to the scene quickly as the reptile inched toward the complex.

A school bus was dropping off kids not even 50 feet down the street. Miller and Patterson said other people were initially oblivious to the gator.

But a crowd soon formed, with some neighborhood residents trying to record the surprising scene.

“They were just as shocked as we were,” Patterson said. “Never (seen) nothing like this, in the hood anyway.”

Wildlife officials safely captured the alligator and took it away.

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