Like something out of a horror movie, an alligator gave the people in the New Orleans suburb of Bucktown quite a shock Monday when it emerged from a storm drain following heavy rains.
Steven Nicholson, who witnessed the startling scene that occurred on Carrolton Ave. near the Marie B. Riviere Elementary School, captured a photo of the alligator popping out of the storm drain.
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"First his head emerged out of the drain, and then his whole body," Nicholson told WWLTV.
Naturally the appearance of the 7-foot alligator caused quite a scene in the neighborhood.
"I know we live in Louisiana, but a gator this close and that size I'm sure people were pretty surprised," The WWLTV anchor said.
Bucktown resident Hazel Porter was one of them, saying "I've never seen anything like this. I'm glad they weren't in school—they were on spring break—because they would've freaked out, a bunch of kids in the yard playing."
Amid a crowd of spectators, trappers caught the alligator, taped its mouth, and put it in the back of a truck with plans to release it in the nearby Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge on Lake Pontchartrain.
"It doesn't happen every day," one man told WWLTV. "And I hope it doesn't happen again."