02/11/2013 10:20 am ET Updated Feb 11, 2013

Alligator Rescued From Storm Drain In Florida (PHOTOS)


An 8-foot-long alligator lurking through a Florida storm drain got stuck Friday and had to be rescued.

The reptile's head was wedged in a Largo, Fla. roadside drain when county deputies and officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrived, according to a news release from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

A passerby noticed the beast and called authorities. Bystanders and officers helped pull the creature from the drain -- which was only a few blocks from a local elementary school.

The gator was transported to an alligator farm near Dover, Fla. after wildlife officials made sure it wasn't injured.

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In the past year, alligators have turned up across the country in places stranger than a storm drain.

Most recently, authorities in Northern California said they found an alligator, "Mr. Teeth," guarding 34 pounds of marijuana. Last April, a 6-foot gator allegedly showed up at the front door of a Super 8 Motel in Louisiana and bit a guest.

But not everyone is terrified of the snappers -- In September, baby alligator pool parties became a birthday trend in Florida.

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