TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — An alligator climbed right into a fenced-in space on the Circle B Bar Reserve close to Lakeland on May 4.
A video displays the reptile within a fenced space for hikers. It used a wood bench to hoist itself over the barrier earlier than falling into the trees beneath.
Selina Philips, who took the video, advised McClatchy News she didn’t understand the gator at the bridge to start with.
“That’s the scary part. I had my back turned to the opposite side of the bridge and stopped to look at a great blue heron when I heard the noise — a strange loud, heavy clomping sound. So I turned around and saw him half way up on the bench inside the fenced area where (humans) usually are. … How did it get there? Did we walk past each other? Did it walk behind me when my back was turned or was he already there?” she mentioned.
After a second of silence, the gator reappeared below the bridge and began hissing, Phillips mentioned.
“Seeing the climb and the strength and will power, I walked away more cautious. … I am a native Floridian so I’ve seen lots of gators and still it was so very cool,” she added.
Phillips shared her video on Facebook, the place it’s been seen just about 125,000 occasions.
“Oh great. My ‘irrational’ fear of walking down a boardwalk to find an alligator at the end was just justified,” Tara Brogan wrote on Facebook. “If they learn how to open doors, we’re in trouble,” Elizabeth Ross wrote.
“This is the stuff of nightmares for me!” Jessica Candelario Heringer posted..