Three-metre alligator breaks into U.S. family's second-storey porch

Courtesy WCBD

A large alligator gave one SC family a scare on Easter morning.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/2pbcRED) Susie and Steve Polston were anxious that someone was trying to get into their home on Sunday. But her fears quickly shifted when her son found himself face-to-face with the 10-foot-long gator.

It is really astonishing that the alligator successfully managed to make his way up the 15-foot staircase, break the screen, rearrange furniture and arrive at family's second-floor porch.

"A 5-footer (1.5m), we could have put a dog stick on it and dragged it out", said agent Ronnie Russell, of Gator Getter Consultants.

The other choice was to wait it out, but the alligator was eventually euthanised after an animal handling professional spent two hours trying to get the reptile off the porch.

The Polstons were relaxing in their home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina when they heard a noise.

"I knocked on the door, and sure enough it was a live gator", Steve Polston told WCBD.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk.

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