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Gaping gator stuck in storm drain is freed

Seminole, Florida -- An 8-foot alligator lurking in a storm drain just blocks from an elementary school got stuck there and was freed by a rescue force of deputies, wildlife officers and citizens, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

A passerby saw the gator's toothy head poking out of an opening of roadway storm drain Friday afternoon. The gator was stuck, and not liking it one bit.

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Pinellas deputies and officers from Florida Fish and Wildlife were called to the scene at 94th Avenue and 117th Street North, just three blocks from Walsingham Elementary School.

A trapper taped the gator's jaws shut and the team -- with the help of citizen bystanders -- backed the reptile out by the tail via a nearby manhole.

The sheriff's office said wildlife officials looked the gator over for injuries, and planned to take him to an alligator farm near Dover in Hillsborough County.

Speaking of Hillsborough, officials there had a storm drain rescue of their own over the weekend, although their species was a bit more of a friendly nature: eight ducklings.

Read: Ducklings rescued from storm drain


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