The cops are still trying to ‘figure out’ whether the alligator wanted to buy cheeseburger or chilled soda.
An alligator reportedly chased customers through the parking lot of a Florida restaurant on Monday until it was wrangled and taken away by cops. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies responded to a Wendy’s outlet where the six-foot alligator was chasing customers through the parking lot.
“Deputies responded to Lee Boulevard today after this six-ft gator chased pedestrians through a Wendy’s parking lot,” the Lee County Sheriff’s Office tweeted. “He may have just been ‘hangry’ for a cheeseburger, but he gave many quite the scare!” the department joked.
The sheriff’s office worked with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission personnel to rescue and relocate the gator.
Photos of the rescue operation were shared on Twitter. The Lehigh Acres Fire Department also shared footage of the gator from across the street. It shows the reptile wandering through the parking lot of a rehabilitation centre.
Deputies responded to Lee Blvd today after this 6-ft gator chased pedestrians through a Wendy's parking lot.
He may have just been "hangry" for a cheeseburger, but he gave many quite the scare!
Alongside FWC, we wrangled the gator and safely relocated it. pic.twitter.com/OIiDHCmMJC
— Lee County Sheriff (@leesheriff) May 17, 2021
— Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District (@LehighAcresFD) May 17, 2021
That the incident took place in Florida – a state that sees more human-gator interaction than perhaps any other in the US – did not come as a surprise to Twitter users. Florida is home to around 1.25 million alligators and they are frequently spotted at golf courses, swamps and other open spaces.