A 7-foot alligator was encroaching on a middle school's property just as school was letting out for the day. Local police officers came onto the scene, but instead of waiting for a professional trapper, one of the officers -- a Florida mom -- took care of business herself.
Lake County Deputy Sheriff Jessica McGregor took care of getting an alligator on school grounds under control Thursday. (Photo: Lake County Sheriff's Office via Orlando Sentinel)
Jessica McGregor, a Lake County deputy, called to Clermont Middle School Thursday was actually rather familiar with wrestling gators. According to the Orlando Sentinel, she and her brother would catch them for fun and would occasionally bring them home, much to the discontent of their mother:
"I've lived in Lake County my whole life. Back in the day, you had these things come up on your land, and you just caught 'em up and threw 'em back in the nearest watering hole," said Jessica, 29.
"You didn't feel the need to waste anybody's time."
The mother of two girls said with school getting out, she didn't want anyone to get hurt. So she grabbed a rope, lassoed the reptile and proceeded to get the thrashing animal under control to a point where should could sit on it.
(Image: Orlando Sentinel video screenshot)
Shooting it might have been an option, but the Orlando Sentinel reported McGregor saying it would be quite a mess and might have caused some disturbance with the kid witnesses being picked up from school.
Although what McGregor did is impressive, the commentary in a video showing her actions is a close tie for being equally as entertaining. A person filming the wrangling of the animal while standing a safe distance behind a chain-link fence provided encouragement to McGregor.
The videographer starts off saying a quick prayer to keep McGregor safe. When McGregor subdues the alligator long enough to step over it from behind and sit on its back to strap its mouth closed, the commentator says: "Oh, no she didn't!"
"She is serious about that thing."
Check out the footage:
As for whether McGregor would teach her own two girls how to handle alligators, the Sentinel reported her saying "no way."