A family vacationing in South Florida earlier this month came across an unlikely sight: a live gator perched on top of a gator pool float at their Airbnb.
Georgia resident Dave Jacobs said his family was in Miami for a wedding. They first noticed the alligator in the lake outside of their vacation rental on May 16. It appeared to catch the attention of their dog, Rascal, who spent the day barking and running around the screened-in pool deck near the taunting reptile.
“We thought that was pretty cute,” Jacobs told the Miami New Times. “Then, the next day, it just showed up in the pool.”
Miami New Times | Dave Jacobs
According to a report by Miami New Times, Georgia resident Dave Jacobs and his family were in town for a wedding when they spotted the gator.
“My daughter, who’s 14, was like, ‘Dad, this is soooo meta,’” Jacobs told New Times.
According to the report, Jacobs said his family had seen the gator the previous day in the lake outside their vacation rental. Jacobs said the alligator appeared to be taunting their dog, Rascal, “who spent the day barking and running around the screened-in pool deck.”
Jacobs said his wife called the Airbnb’s owner, who in turn contacted someone from wildlife management. The report said the gator wrangler, who eventually fished the reptile out of the pool, told Jacobs that it’s mating season for alligators, so he’s been busy lately.
“I guess it’s not that unusual,” Jacobs said, “but it was unusual to me.”
“We have gators in Georgia, but they’re just in areas that are not as populated, like some swamp where no one lives,” Jacobs said. “But in Florida, they’re just in your neighborhoods,” the report quoted.
To be sure, Jacob’s family headed back to Georgia with an interesting experience to share with friends and family – that was ”soooo meta.”