WATCH: 5-foot gator found by robot in Florida stormwater pipe

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.

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