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8-foot gator visits Florida elementary school just before the summer break

connectVideoNuisance alligators on the rise in Florida

With April comes the start of the alligator mating season, which means that more aggressive gators on the prowl, and that is not sitting well with the residents of the Sunshine State. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says more than 7,000 nuisance alligators should be killed or moved last year, compared with 6,700 in 2017.

Primary school teachers in Florida found a surprise new student waiting for them on the campus Wednesday morning.

An 8-foot, 2-inch alligator was found by a custodian in the Palm View Elementary School in Palmetto, Fla., according to The Bradenton Herald. It was found for the students had arrived for their second-to-last day of school, based on the district calendar.

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“We started with taking all the measures that we can,” Principal Kaththea Johnson told the outlet.

In a statement on the school Facebook page, Johnson explained the area around the gator was shielded and school faculty 911.

This 8-foot, 2-inch alligator was found on Wednesday morning in an outside hallway on the Palm View Elementary School in Palmetto, Fla., before the students arrived for their second-to-last day of school.
(The School District of Manatee County)

Johnson said The Herald, the pick-up line for students was moved further away from where the gator was found. The outlet also reported that the students were able to get to their classes through the buildings, avoiding the alligator outside in the corridor.

A trapper with the Florida Wildlife Commission responded to the call and removed the alligator.

“I just want to emphasize that everyone is safe and I want to thank our school staff, law enforcement, and Florida Wildlife for helping us to deal with this unusual event,” Johnson added in a Wednesday afternoon statement.

After it is removed from the lower school, the alligator was sold to a live alligator farm, The Herald reported.

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Alligators are expected to be seen around the coast of South more, now that the weather is warm, and mating season has begun.

According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), alligators begin to court in April and breed in late May and early June.

The weather is warm, the rotating speed of the prehistoric predators’ metabolism, making them more active and aggressive as they hunt for prey and mate in the coastal South.

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The FWC advises not to swim during the twilight or dawn, an alligator the most active hours, the keeping of animals on a leash and away from the water and keep a safe distance from the animal.

Fox News’ Allie Raffa contributed to this report.

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