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Watch: Florida Police Officers Wrestle Giant Alligator on City Streets

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The Tampa Police Department has posted a video on their YouTube page which features a group of brave officers taking down a massive alligator that was roaming the streets of Florida.

Titled “See You Later, Alligator……”, the video captures the officers responding to a report of a rogue gator near the intersection of W. Kathleen St. and N. Howard Ave.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. local time on Wednesday, and the video shows the officers estimating the gator’s length to be around 10 feet. One of the officers is seen attempting to get the alligator’s attention, but the reptile responds by hissing and bearing its teeth at the cop.

Despite encountering several hisses and negative reactions from the alligator, the officer in the video persists in trying to engage with the reptile. After a few attempts, the officer manages to grab the alligator by the tail in an effort to move it along. However, even with prodding from the officer’s baton, the alligator stubbornly refuses to budge from its position on the street.

Another officer then joins in to help, and the two work together to loop a rope around the alligator’s snout. Despite their combined efforts to drag the alligator along, it proves to be a difficult task.

As captured in the video, the first officer takes swift action by jumping onto the alligator and using his weight to hold down the reptile’s head and body. To prevent the alligator from thrashing around, the officer requests a towel to cover its eyes so that it will remain calm. He then holds the alligator’s snout shut with his hands to ensure it cannot bite.

With the assistance of multiple officers, the group proceeds to safely secure the alligator. Using duct tape, they shut its mouth and immobilize its front and back legs to prevent it from escaping.

Initially, the alligator remains relatively calm as the officers work to restrain it, but as they move to secure its back legs, the reptile begins to hiss and thrash more aggressively.

“He’s warming back up,” one of the officers said.

As the alligator becomes more active and agitated, one of the officers remarks, “He’s warming back up.”

As stated in the video description, the Tampa Police Department successfully restrained the “growling gator,” and the reptile was then transported by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to a new and more suitable habitat.

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