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South Carolina family trapped inside home by three-legged alligator


A South Carolina family was shocked awake by a 7ft alligator banging and hissing on their front porch Monday morning.  

Louise Monteith thought it was the family’s three dogs and three cats making the commotion around 4:45am.

However when her husband Charles peeked behind the curtains, he was floored to find the beast, who was missing a leg, outside the window.

The Monteith family of South Carolina woke up to an alligator banging on their front porch Monday morning around 4:45am

The Monteith family of South Carolina woke up to an alligator banging on their front porch Monday morning around 4:45am

The family was shocked to find the 7ft reptile, who was missing a front leg, on their porch and Gator Getters was dispatched to remove the animal from the North Charleston home

The family was shocked to find the 7ft reptile, who was missing a front leg, on their porch and Gator Getters was dispatched to remove the animal from the North Charleston home

The alligator put up a fight as it dragged  by a snare pole, pictured trying to roll out of grasp

The alligator put up a fight as it dragged  by a snare pole, pictured trying to roll out of grasp

‘He came running back upstairs cursing up a storm, and that’s what I woke up to. I thought someone had stolen all the cars,’ Louise said to the Charlotte Observer. 

The family was trapped inside their North Charleston home as the gator appeared stuck on the front porch.

Monteith said it was a close call for the family as her three children would’ve left the house for school, if it were not for her husband’s investigation.

Louise Monteith and her husband Charles, pictured, were shocked to find the gator on their porch

Louise Monteith and her husband Charles, pictured, were shocked to find the gator on their porch

‘We’re really lucky it happened when it did. Two hours later and my daughter would have walked out that door … and probably would have stepped on it,’ Louise added.

After calling for help, the Gator Getters were dispatched to the family’s home to retrieve the creature that broke through a section of the porch railings.

Louise filmed the moment the alligator catchers safely removed the beast from the porch by using a snare pole. 

The agitated gator, who was missing a front leg, fought back, viciously writhing around the porch as the animal catcher tried to pull it away.

The gator then rolled over and over again, trying to escape the grasp of the snare. 

The man then tapes shut the mouth of the alligator to prevent it from biting him, but afterwards the alligator waves his head menacingly, as if threatening a bite.

He ties the gator down and carries him into the trunk of the car.  

The gator rolled over and over again trying to escape the snare but to no avail 

The gator rolled over and over again trying to escape the snare but to no avail 

Gator Getters said the animal likely came from one of the many ponds in the area, in seek of a mate as mating season has just begun for the reptiles

Gator Getters said the animal likely came from one of the many ponds in the area, in seek of a mate as mating season has just begun for the reptiles

The animal catcher is pictured taping the gator's mouth shut and tying the creature down

The animal catcher is pictured taping the gator’s mouth shut and tying the creature down

The Charlotte Observer reported that the gator was confused and was killed after it was captured. 

Ron Russell, the owner of Gator Getters, estimates that the reptile weighted about 100 pounds.  

Posting the video on YouTube, Louise said: ‘Woke up to clanging and banging on our front porch at 4:45 this morning. This bad boy was NOT happy’.

The family says they jokingly blame their 16-year-old son Pat, who swam in a nearby lake and left his wet swim trunks and underwear on the porch, which could have potentially lured the alligator. 

Afterwards the gator was carried into the back of the vehicle, however it was killed afterwards

Afterwards the gator was carried into the back of the vehicle, however it was killed afterwards

Gator Getters described the creature as 'confused' and 'ticked off' likely because it took a wrong turn and didn't find a mate

Gator Getters described the creature as ‘confused’ and ‘ticked off’ likely because it took a wrong turn and didn’t find a mate

The gator likely came from one of the many ponds throughout the area, and it was likely seeking a mate as mating season has just begun. 

‘Typically the males move around. They’re trying to move around a lot right now,’ Russell said. 

He said if they end up in the wrong place ‘they get trapped, and they get confused, then they get ticked off’.

‘There are tons of alligators that move around at night that we never see. Unless they get penned up or caught up, they generally move through our neighborhoods without anybody knowing,’ he added.     



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