Police Remove 750-Pound Alligator From South Florida Park - NBC Connecticut
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Police Remove 750-Pound Alligator From South Florida Park

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    750-Pound Gator Removed From South Florida Park

    A South Florida police department removed a 750-pound alligator from a local park Thursday.

    (Published Friday, March 29, 2019)

    A South Florida police department removed a 750-pound alligator from a local park Thursday.

    The Jupiter Police Department removed the gargantuan creature from the Jupiter Commerce Park area, according to the department’s Facebook page. The 12-foot alligator was relocated to a safe place without harm.

    Photos of officers wrangling the gator and relocating it were shared more than 800 times on Facebook. The post has amassed hundreds of comments and Facebook "reactions."

    When you live in the sweltering swampland that is South Florida, alligator sightings like these are not uncommon. The scaly green reptiles also call this sultry, steaming marshland home – and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    Astronauts Make History With NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk

    [NATL] Astronauts Make History With NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk

    American astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history Friday with NASA's first all-female spacewalk. The astronauts walked outside the International Space Station to replace a faulty battery.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 18, 2019)

    Alligator sightings and encounters have become so common, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issues a guide explaining how to coexist with the creatures. It details everything from when alligators are most active, to what to do if you’re bitten.

    “Alligators have inhabited Florida's marshes, swamps, rivers and lakes for many centuries, and are found in all 67 counties,” the organization says.

    “In recent years, Florida has experienced tremendous human population growth. Many residents seek waterfront homes, and increasingly participate in water-related activities. This can result in more frequent alligator-human interactions, and a greater potential for conflict.”

    South Philly Explosions Seen from Inside the Facility

    [NATL-PHI] Philadelphia Refinery Explosions Seen From Facility Cameras

    Cameras inside the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery caught on video the massive blasts early June 21 from just yards away. Here is what explosions of hundreds of thousands of pounds of explosive chemicals looks like up close. The video is from Philadelphia Energy Solutions, via the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019)

    Alligators, the FWC says, are most active from dusk to dawn, so swimming at night (particularly in areas near fresh or brackish water) is not a good idea. The informative brochure also includes general tips, like keeping your pets away from gators and not feeding the animals.

    If you are bitten, the FWC says to seek medical attention right away.

    According to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, the average size of a male alligator is 11.2 feet. The reptiles can weigh nearly have a ton, or 1,000 pounds.

    Tentative Deal Reached Between UAW and GM

    [NATL] Tentative Deal Reached Between UAW and GM

    A tentative deal between General Motors and the United Auto Workers has been reached and could bring an end to a strike which began in September.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019)

    Alligator mating season starts in April and runs until June.