A Louisiana couple was surprised when they discovered a 5-foot alligator had made its way into their home through the doggy door in the middle of the night.
Don and Jan Schultz, who recently relocated to Louisiana, were abruptly awakened when their seven-year-old dog, Panda, began growling at the intruding reptile.
Intrigued, Don investigated the commotion and found himself face-to-face with one of the state’s renowned inhabitants in the darkness of their home.
Reflecting on the encounter, Don shared, “It was quite an experience. We’re getting the full Cajun experience,” as the couple adapts to their new surroundings in Louisiana after moving from Yuma, Arizona.
A video captures the moment fish and wildlife experts apprehended the hissing alligator in the hallway of the Schultz’s residence.
Despite resistance, the gator was eventually secured with a noose around its snout and escorted out of the couple’s house.
Jan expressed gratitude for their assistance, saying, “We’re really grateful for the Sheriffs and Fish & Wildlife. We thoroughly dispatched the creature from our home, and I guess it’s off swimming in the bayou somewhere.”
In response to the incident, the Schultzs have taken measures to prevent a similar surprise in the future.
They have replaced their doggy door with one that only opens for their pet, ensuring no other creatures can enter seeking shelter.
“We are taking precautions and locking the doggy door, which will only open with the dog’s collar.
We don’t want another surprise like this in the future,” stated Jan, emphasizing their commitment to avoid any further unexpected encounters.
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