A patrolling police officer received the shock of his life when what he thought was a log in a school field turned out to be a 7-foot-long alligator.
Andre Riley from the Dallas Independent School District told InsideEdition.com that the alligator was first spotted outside of STEAM Middle School in the middle of the night.
Riley said a Dallas police officer first thought he noticed a log in the middle of the field, which he noted as odd since the entire area is flat lands.
"Turns out, it was a 7-foot alligator," Riley told InsideEdition.com.
The officer then contacted animal services and the game warden.
"This is considered a full grown adult male," Warden Tony Norton told InsideEdition.com. "This time of the year is breeding season, so they move around tributaries to mate."
In a video by Fox 4, the alligator can be seen putting up a fight as the game warden used a catch pole to get the animal under control, and taping its mouth shut.
Despite the apparent thrashing, Jamie Sanchez, the game warden called to the rescue, told Fox 4 that the capture went exactly as planned.
"It didn't put up too much of a fight," Sanchez said to Fox 4, "we were able to get it into the back of my truck without hurting it."
By 4 a.m., two or three hours after the alligator was first spotted, Norton said the animal was being whisked away and released back into its natural habitat, safe from human interaction.