Thank God we live in the Midwest. I can say with almost 100% certainty that I will never have to pull a nine foot alligator out of my pool like this Florida family had to.

Craig Lear of Lakeland, Florida didn't initially notice anything strange when he let his cats out on the patio. It wasn't until he noticed bubbles floating on the water's surface that he saw the 300 pound gator on the bottom of the pool.

His wife, Laura, told WFLA "This is something I see on the news. Not in my backyard. I saw him and I was like that’s no gator, that’s a big gator."

Laura Lear
Laura Lear

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