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Woman screams, visitor hisses in confrontation in Tampa home
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 4/25/2011 9:00:48 AM ET
PALMETTO, Florida— A Tampa-area woman
found an unwelcome weekend guest in her
bathroom — a 7-foot alligator.
Alexis Dunbar told WFLA-TV that she
screamed and the alligator hissed when she
found it inside the bathroom of her home
Her boyfriend propped a small table by the
bathroom to keep the gator inside until an
officer from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission showed up to take
Dunbar believes the alligator used a doggie
door on the back porch to get inside the
house. Dunbar, who lives in Palmetto, which is
south of St. Petersburg, told WFLA that she
believes the gator hung out at her house for
"My neighbor said she heard my porch things
being knocked over at 3:00 a.m.," she said. "So
he must've been here all night until I got home
at 12:00 p.m. the next day. My furniture was all
moved around; my blinds were all
The doggie door was used by Dunbar's two
cats, who survived the night unscathed. But
they now will face new restrictions on their
movement. "I don't like doggie doors
anymore," she said.
Spring is mating season for alligators and
wildlife officials urge people to be extremely
cautious, especially around water.
The officials who trapped the alligator in the
Dunbar house said they planned to kill the
creature, as they consider them a nuisance
when they are more than 4 feet long.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.