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An Unwelcome and Scaly Guest Paid a Visit to Residents of an Alabama Apartment Complex

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An Alabama apartment complex was paid a visit by an unusual guest as children were coming home from school Monday afternoon: An alligator crawled out of a storm drain.

Kenisha Miller and her boyfriend, Anthony Patterson, told WKRG-TV that they were driving home when they stopped to do a double-take in a downtown Mobile neighborhood.

“We saw a gator coming out of the drainage hole, and we were like, ‘Is that really a gator?’” Miller said.

The couple tried to get police and wildlife officials to the scene quickly as the reptile inched toward the complex.

A school bus was dropping off kids not even 50 feet down the street.

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Miller and Patterson said other people were initially oblivious to the gator.

But a crowd soon formed, with some neighborhood residents trying to record the surprising scene.

“A lot of people in the neighborhood started coming out with their phones and stuff and were trying to record it ’cause they were just as shocked as we were,” Patterson said.

“Never (seen) nothing like this, in the hood anyway.”

Wildlife officials safely captured the alligator and took it away.

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