In a statement, Lee County officials say they determined that the odor was consistent with a decaying alligator. What they found beneath the ground, however, was described as highly unusual.
Inside the 4-foot-wide catch basin, Department of Transportation officials reported hooking an 11-foot-long gator, one they were photographed hauling out of the Whiskey Creek neighborhood with an excavator.
Lee County’s DOT says they typically handle one to two dead alligators in storm drains a year but rarely ones of this size.
“DOT generally is alerted to such situations by reports of odor coming from a catch basin or when drainage is backed up for no obvious reason,” the county said in an emailed press release.
Lee County DOT Director Randy Cerchie called it business as usual.
“This was an abnormally large gator, but removal is part of what we do,” he said in a statement.
County spokeswoman Betsy Clayton told the News-Press that the gator likely entered the storm drain through the pipes.
The big question: How did it get in? The county describes the pipes leading to the drain as only about 14-inches by 24-inches.
“We don’t usually see gators that big because our pipes are not that big,” Cerchie said.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, female American alligators rarely grow larger than 10-feet in length. Males can grow much larger, however.
The largest gator ever found in the state was 14-feet, 3 1/2-inches in length, the FWC reported.
The Lee County gator’s body was hauled away in a dump truck to a DOT site that’s designated for dead animals, and there it was buried, the county said.
Easy come, easy go, easy gone...
Servers at a Thai fusion restaurant in Edgewater, Colorado thought they’d hitthe jackpot on Monday when a customer dropped a $1,088 tip in cash for a $60 meal.
But their elation sadly didn’t last for long, as the diner returned to the Thailicious eatery the following morning to ask for the bills back.
It turns out he'd drunk a little too much alcohol and had mistakenly stuffed the cash inside the checkbook, The Denver Post reported.
Thai-born Anantatho, also known as Bee, immigrated to the U.S. with her husband, Surachai Surabotsopon, five years ago. She said she was “disappointed” for her staff.
Luckily she'd told her employees to keep hold ofthe money and they were able to pay the man back immediately. He ended up leaving a still-generous $40 tip, and Anantatho is confident that she dealt with the awkward situation in the best possible way and that the man will return as a customer.
“It’s just the way it is,” she said............
$1000 what $1000?!?!??