Brazilian woman finds alligator behind her living room sofa

February 24th, 2011 - 4:46 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 24 (ANI): A Brazilian woman was shocked when she saw her 3-year-old son playing with a 5-foot alligator in her living room.

After floodwaters receded from her home, the woman found the unwanted guest lying tamely as her son petted on its head, reports the Telegraph.

The animal apparently was washed inside by the high water on Monday night, said Luiz Claudio Farias, a captain of firefighters in the north-central city of Parauapebas.

When the woman went to clean up the following day, she saw the boy playing with something behind the couch. It turned out to be an alligator, Farias said.

“She snatched the boy away and called us,” he said.

Farias said it was lucky the reptile apparently wasn’t in the mood for a meal: “If he was hungry, he could have seriously hurt or even killed the boy.”

Firefighters trapped the alligator and took it to a nearby environmental preserve, where they set it free.

“Cities in this region were built very near rivers and the rainforests, which is why it is not uncommon to see animals like alligators and snakes entering people’s houses,” Farias added. (ANI)

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