Alligator Holds Up Traffic Before Being Coaxed Across the Road by Florida Cop

Playing Sleepwalking Alligator Forces Police Stop Traffic in the Middle of the Night

Why did the alligator cross the road? It didn't.

At least not without some coaxing by a Florida cop who was called to the scene Sunday when one of the reptiles was found languishing in a Naples roadway.

Deputies from the Collier County Sheriff's Office had to stop traffic at about 3:30 a.m. to aid the gator.

The four- to five-foot alligator was reported to have been hit by a vehicle "but appeared to be OK," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

A corporal with the Collier County Sheriff's Office was able to redirect the gator to safety and back into a nearby lake.

While this gator walked away willingly, even casually as an onlooker recorded the encounter on video, a recent incident in Sarasota had a little more drama.

In a grocery store parking lot, a much feistier gator was discovered hanging out beneath a car that was parked outside a Winn-Dixie.

The four-footer made up for its size by putting up a big fight and officers eventually had to tape its mouth shut and place the gator in the back of a sheriff's vehicle. 

That gator was later released safely, far away from the grocery store.

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