Why did the gator cross the road?
It may sound like the start of a terrible joke, but for a few of Florida’s finest, it was the start of their Monday morning.
The alligator was seen holding up traffic in Bernal and photographed by Mark Olson, a volunteer member of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff’s office posted the image of the gator crossing and has since picked up steam online, being shared more than 3,000 times.
According to authorities, the gator was more than five feet long .
Corporal Kenny Goncalves said: “He just walked in the crosswalk like it was normal.”
The police believe the gator was going to a nearby water source and back to its natural habitat following a series of storms that struck the area over the weekend.
When the corporal and Deputy Jonathon Duenas arrived on the scene, they called Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission who could not arrive for nearly an hour. So, the police blocked the eight-lane road in order to allow the animal to cross.
Public information officer Laura Williams told InsideEdition.com that the whole incident lasted a mere 30 seconds for the gator to cross the road safely.
Olson told InsideEdition.com via Williams that the gator did not seem scared and “no one was afraid, but the deputy was very cautious.”
The police said that armadillos and turtles are common sights to be seen crossing the street but a gator is new territory.
“It was a real wake-up call to be real careful about these animals,” Olson said.
Olson snapped the photo to show his grandkids who will be visiting him in Florida soon from California. Yet, with how popular the photograph is getting on social media, they have probably already seen it.