by: Katlyn Brieskorn
TAMPA, Fla.WFLA) — While crews were inspecting a stormwater pipe in Florida, they found an unexpected visitor: A 5-foot-long gator.
A stormwater crew in Oviedo, which is near Orlando, discovered the gator while investigating a series of potholes that appeared in the roadway on May 5.
They sent a robot into a pipe to see if there were any anomalies under the roadway.
Workers said they thought the gator was a toad at first.
The crew said they decided to follow the gator through the pipes. They followed it for about 340 feet but the robot got stuck on a little indentation and the alligator meandered off.
“Just another reason not to go wandering down into the Stormwater pipes! Thank goodness our crews have a robot,” officials said.