Lounging Alligator Causes Major Traffic Jam for Lunchtime Commuters

Wednesday turned out to be a bizarre day for commuters on Fred Hartman Bridge in Houston, Texas when an alligator decided to use the highway shoulder to take a nap.

Harris County deputies were given backup by Baytown police and state police animal control officers in order to address the scene and 8-foot-long alligator, reported ABC13.

In a video captured by the news channel, the alligator can be seen lounging on the roadside, seemingly undisturbed by the commotion it's caused. Police vans are parked to block off northbound traffic while waiting for animal control to arrive.

After a state officer arrives, he wastes no time in approaching the gator and trying to fasten a rope around the reptile's neck. However, the gator appears to have no intention of moving from his comfortable sun-bathing spot. It Iresists being pulled away, opening its jaw wide to show all 80 sharp teeth.

A police officer takes the rope and attempts to control the animal as it starts rolling, twisting, and turning before another officer manages to rope the reptile's mouth. He then mounts the animals back to duct-tape its powerful jaw closed.

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Five other officers were needed to get the gigantic creatures under control and duct-tape its limbs, pick it up, and load it into the back of a pick-up truck.

Later, it was carried away from the traffic and transported to a nearby marsh under the bridge. In ABC13's video, which followed the alligator, the officers are seen removing the rope and the duct tape, taking it close to the water and setting it free into a more suitable habitat.

Harris County Precinct 8 Constable's Office took to Facebook to share this interesting story and users were quick to chime in with their thoughts.

"Water is so polluted had to walk across the bridge," one commented.

"Alligators on one bridge, and a cow on the highway!! are they having a bad day?" another one wrote.

Check out our new #CowCam. Great work this morning by your @HCSOTexas Livestock Unit! Did you know, in the 1st quarter of 2021 they have handled 4️⃣7️⃣8️⃣ calls involving cows, sheep, horses, goats, pigs and even the occasional ostrich 🦚. @EveryDayCows #Texas pic.twitter.com/4p7esA3FsO

— Chief Mike Lee (@HCSO_LECommand) April 29, 2021

Earlier the same day, on I-10 near the East Beltway, Harris County Sheriff's Office livestock unit was called to the case of a cow blocking the road. Officers corralled the cow to the side of the road until the owner was able to arrive and collect it.

Mike Lee, Harris County Sheriff's Office Assistant Chief, tweeted about the incident, praising HCSO Texas.

"Did you know, in the 1st quarter of 2021, they have handled 478 calls involving cows, sheep, horses, goats, pigs, and even the occasional ostrich," Lee wrote. It would be safe to add alligators to that list now.

Here's hoping that "there was an alligator blocking the road" is an acceptable excuse for being late to work.

Alligator lounges on the road
An alligator swims through the Wakodahatchee Wetlands on March 28, 2021 in Delray Beach, Florida. Bruce Bennett/GETTY