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‘Solely in Florida’: Alligator strolls throughout busy Tampa junction after ready for police escort 

“Florida Only”: Alligator strolls through the busy Tampa intersection after waiting for the police escort

  • A giant alligator blocked traffic as it tried to cross a six-lane boulevard near Interstate 75 on Sunday
  • The creature – an estimated 10 feet long – was lying in the middle of the street, just running quietly away when police officers arrived
  • The traffic jam came the same day the local sheriff’s office caught another ten foot long alligator under a parked car in a Tampa apartment complex

Florida drivers faced an unexpected traffic jam when an alligator broke traffic at a busy Tampa intersection.

The giant animal is featured in video footage lying in the middle of the intersection blocking several lanes, only to quietly run away when police showed up and apparently VIP treated it to cross the street.

The estimated 10 foot long alligator attempted to cross a six-lane boulevard near Interstate 75 at around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Local media reported that a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy led him off the road to a nearby lake.

Florida drivers faced an unexpected delay when an alligator broke traffic at a busy Tampa intersection

In one video, the giant animal appeared to be waiting for a police escort that was lying in the middle of the road and blocking several lanes, only to quietly run away when officers approached

A video of the moment, captured by Ruchama Lubin-Desir, has been viewed more than 12 million times.

“I haven’t seen that before personally, but it can always happen in Florida,” said the 36-year-old. “Only in Florida, that’s my motto!”

Drivers had to wait several cycles of traffic lights, driver Sue Blockel Juncal told McClatchy News. The disturbance lasted almost five minutes.

He sauntered as the drivers slid around him. He would take five steps, pause, take five more steps, and pause. The honking and the cars didn’t seem to bother him … like he’d done it before, “she said.

The estimated 10 foot long alligator attempted to cross a six-lane boulevard near Interstate 75 at around 1:30 p.m. Sunday

The estimated 10 foot long alligator attempted to cross a six-lane boulevard near Interstate 75 at around 1:30 p.m. Sunday

A video of the moment, captured by Ruchama Lubin-Desir, has been viewed more than 12 million times

A video of the moment, captured by Ruchama Lubin-Desir, has been viewed more than 12 million times

“I kind of enjoyed it. He did his thing and we violated his territory. I’ve lived in Florida since ’75 and have seen alligators on golf courses, but not like that, in the middle of traffic.

“He was big enough that anyone who hit him would have damaged his car.”

Social media users speculated that the alligator’s unusual behavior could be due to the mating season, which occurs in May and June, and whose advertising begins in April.

One user commented on the video and said, “His little walk is so fun!”

Another wrote: “The policeman behaves so normally that this happens regularly!”

Social media users speculated that the alligator's unusual behavior could be due to its mating season, which occurs in May and June and whose advertising begins in April

Social media users speculated that the alligator’s unusual behavior could be due to its mating season, which occurs in May and June and whose advertising begins in April

The disturbance lasted for almost five minutes, with some drivers trying to serve the alligator

The disturbance lasted for almost five minutes, with some drivers trying to serve the alligator

That same day, the local sheriff’s office caught another ten foot long alligator under a parked car in a Tampa apartment complex.

“It’s mating season, and in general, alligators get more visible and active during the spring and summer!” The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.

“When temperatures go up, their metabolism goes up and they look for food,” the post said.

“The alligator was not injured and luckily no one was injured.”

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