Nikki Ruiz noticed that her small dog refused to go outside to use the restroom — and then she saw why.
On her property in Hammond, Louisiana, was an alligator.
"This time of year the gators are hungry because of five-months of hibernation from the winter,” Ruiz told WVUE-TV.
Ruiz, who said alligators are common in their area though not necessarily in her back yard, told the news station she called a local turtle and alligator farm who helped coordinate a team to move the five-foot animal.
Mike "T-Mike" Kliebert of Kliebert's Turtle and Alligator Farm with two other men wrangled the gator with their bare hands, eventually taping its jaw shut.
Watch the ordeal:
Watch out for unexpected, uninvited visitors with all of the rain. Ya never know who might show up.Posted by Nikki Wallace Ruiz on Thursday, April 16, 2015
As alligators are coming out of hibernation, others are reporting the animals in unwanted areas as well. Here's one trying to hide itself near a city's welcome sign, here's another tooling around Orlando, Florida, streets and this gator in Doral, Florida, didn't go into Fish and Wildlife custody without a fight.