A huge alligator that was freely roaming on the streets caused a serious road traffic outside Tampa, Florida at the six-lane boulevard.
One driver called Sue Blockel Juncal told McClatchy News that the alligator which was estimated to be 10 feet long kept road users waiting through several traffic-light cycles.
According to her, the whole thing took like 5 minutes for the animal to trek through assisted by drivers who did all the best to dodge it. Juncal further said that the whole thing was both funny and touching especially when a woman went out of her way to honk horns and yell to fellow road users not to hit the animal.
“He sauntered while drivers scooted around him. He’d take five steps, pause, take five more steps and pause. The honking and cars didn’t seem to bother him … like he’d done all this before,” she said.
“I sort of enjoyed it. He was doing his thing and we were infringing on his territory. I’ve lived in Florida since ‘75 and I’ve seen alligators on golf courses, but not like this, in the middle of traffic. He was big enough that anyone who hit him would have damaged their car.” She added.
It appeared the alligator was trying to make its way to a wooded area across the highway, Juncal said.
The Fresno Bee reported that Multiple commenters made jokes about the alligator ignoring all pedestrian traffic laws — just like humans. Several also noted they had seen a lone alligator crossing the same intersection in years past, always in the spring. It may have to do with mating season, they suggested.
“It’s mating season and in general, gators become more visible and active during spring and summer! When temperatures rise, their metabolism increases, and they start looking for food.” posted the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.