My morning paper informs me:

Alligator finds its way into Florida woman’s bathroom

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman found an unwelcome weekend guest in her bathroom — a 7-foot alligator.

Alexis Dunbar says she screamed and the gator hissed when she found it inside the bathroom of her home Saturday afternoon. 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 him away.

Dunbar believes the gator used a doggie door on the back porch to get inside the house. Dunbar lives in Palmetto, which is south of St. Petersburg.

Spring is mating season for alligators and wildlife officials urge people to be extremely cautious, especially around water.

We have had minor run-ins with Florida wildlife. We have had to evict from our pool a large and unhappy turtle and two snakes who had been engaging amorous activity at the edge of the pool and had fallen in.

Although my favorite story is still the one about the women in Naples who had taken her dog for a walk, returned home, and then heard knocking at the door. She looked out the window and saw no one.  The knocking resumed. She looked down and saw a large alligator hitting the door and asking if Skippy could come out and play. She screamed. The alligator did not go away.

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