Police 'Arrest' Alligator Found in Hot Tub at Texas Home

Last month, a Texas homeowner called the police for assistance after she found an unlikely visitor enjoying an afternoon in her hot tub.

Fulshear Police shared with their Facebook followers Thursday that they had recently been called to deal with a "criminal trespass" in a Fulshear Creek neighborhood.

"An unknown suspect had entered a homeowner's backyard and decided to go for a swim in their hot tub (not turned on)," the department joked. "Officers Chavez and Landry quickly made the scene and observed the suspect swimming naked without regard to the owner's wishes."

The suspect was a baby alligator that officers later named "Emma."

Bodycam footage shared by the department shows the two officers working together to remove Emma from the water. In an attempt to resist "arrest," Emma first swam away from officers as they tried to catch her in the water. But, the officers won.

When they placed Emma on the ground before carrying her to their vehicle, she clamped her jaw down onto the grass, perhaps in a last-ditch effort to avoid being taken to the station as the officer clamped her jaw shut with his hand. But, she was again unsuccessful and was taken into custody by the officers.

"The suspect resisted at first but was soon arrested and later released without further incident," they joked.

Commenters loved to see the department's sense of humor, and some took the time to make a few jokes of their own.

"I'm sorry but is no one going to mention that Emma was not read her rights," asked one Facebook user. "For shame FPD, for shame."

"You need to officially change your name from Fulshear PD to Fulshear Police and Alligator Wrangling Department," said another.

Under the Texas Endangered Species Act in 1973, it is illegal for Texans to hunt, raise or possess an alligator without a special license. Should a Texan encounter a gator believed to be a nuisance, they should call wildlife officials to help remove and relocate the creature. In the state of Texas, nuisance gators are defined as "an alligator that is depredating [killing livestock or pets] or a threat to human health or safety."

Emma isn't the first alligator to make headlines recently. Two weeks ago, one alligator approached a Florida home in the middle of the night and refused to leave. When trappers finally arrived to remove the gator, the creature thrashed and rolled in an attempt to avoid capture. The gator made a dent in an outside pillar before it was finally taken from the property.

Another gator was spotted roaming through a Louisiana neighborhood last month. The 8-foot-long gator reportedly enjoyed a 45-minute stroll before animal control arrived at the scene to capture and relocate it.

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A Texas homeowner called local police to remove an alligator found in their hot tub. Chris Graythen / Staff/Getty