Not much shocks Floridians. After all, they live in a state with sinkholes, a giant mouse, hurricanes, and gigantic flying cockroaches.
However, when two Mount Dora residents came upon a young alligator that had wandered into a downtown neighborhood, it got their attention.
Mike Hassler and his wife, Natalie Rodriguez, were driving on Grandview Street at approximately 10:30 p.m. one night last week when something caught their eye. It was a 2 ½ -foot alligator roaming the quiet residential street. The couple, locally well-known for walking their pink pig, Frasier, called police for assistance, to get the cold-blooded juvenile off the street. Officers and a nearby resident were able to assist the youngster back to the water.