Florida couple wakes up to massive alligator on lanai

Courtesy: Mark Pomfret

Getting a late-night visitor can be quite annoying – but when it's a 9-foot alligator, it's pretty much terrifying!

Mark Pomfret tells FOX 35 News that he and his wife were asleep when they heard banging on the door around 2:30 a.m. at their Plant City home. 

Courtesy: Mark Pomfret

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

When they went to investigate, they found a 9-foot alligator staring back at them!

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"It was a bit of a shock," he said. 

The gator had made its way into the couple's lanai. Pomfret posted photos to Facebook showing the gator hanging out. 

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Pomfret says they called a trapper who showed up and took the unwelcome visitor away. Hillsborough County deputies responded and helped FWC safely trap and relocate the gator. No one was injured.

"Time to get a little sleep," Pomfret wrote. 

Deputies say the home is near a small retention pond. 

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