A Walmart alligator in Apopka, Fla. made a surprise visit inside the store Sunday. The alligator measured six-feet and casually entered Walmart in the middle of the day while the front door was wide open. ABC News reports Oct. 21 that the incident shocked customers.
Robin Watkins was shopping in the store with her child when she saw the alligator.
"It was a nice size gator, just chilling.” Watkins said. She added that it was "neat" to see the Walmart alligator, although it made her nervous.
In spite of the ordeal, the store stayed open. Apopka police responded to the situation and blocked off the area for about an hour. Their main concern was keeping everyone safe as they tried to round up the alligator. They enlisted the help of a trapper, who got there after the alligator sought refuge in a wooded section behind the store.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said that the alligator was located and placed in a retention pond near Walmart.
Unfortunately, the alligator's actions will have consequences.
“He’ll be put down, unfortunately,” said FWC spokeswoman, Karen Parker. “It looks like he has lost the fear of people, and we don’t want to take the chance of him hurting anybody.”
The Walmart alligator may not have injured anyone, but the FWC wants to make sure nothing happens to anyone since these types of creatures don't typically go where humans are known to be.