Massive gator gets trapped on lanai before taking a swim in family's pool

Tim Kelly had quite the surprise Friday morning when he heard growling while getting his morning cup of coffee. He turned around to see a massive alligator -- between 7 and 9 feet -- on the lanai of his Pinellas County home.

What was even more surprising was that the alligator was stuck under an end table.

Kelly says he’s not sure how the gator got into that predicament.

gator on lanai

Tim Kelly woke up to an alligator on his lanai Friday morning

"He must have went through it and it got stuck on him, and he wasn’t very happy. I got to tell you, when he was right there and he was stuck in that, I was like, 'Wow, now what am I going to do?'" Kelly recalled.

He immediately called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

MORE: Animal officer rescues dog found clinging to log in alligator-filled swamp

While they were waiting for FWC to arrive, the gator got loose from the table and decided to go for a swim in Kelly’s pool.

"We were just sitting here having coffee just watching him swim around in the pool. He would come up here and rest on the steps, then sink to the bottom again," he remembered.


East Lake resident Tim Kelly wasn't expecting this visitor Friday morning

FWC officers showed up and were able to get the alligator out of the pool safely. They are planning on relocating the gator because of its size.

Kelly says it was a morning he won’t forget.

"It was unbelievable. Good start to a Friday morning, good weekend starter, got us up, that’s for sure," he added.

PHOTOS: ‘Frozen’ alligators spotted sticking noses through ice to survive in Oklahoma


(David Arbour)