May 27, 2009

Gator found in restaurant bathroom

In the 35 years of running a restaurant by a Florida swamp, the owner of Clark's Fish Camp says it has never been invaded by a live alligator, until now.

Joan Peoples says that when workers prepared to reopen the restaurant, which had been closed due to unseasonable spring flooding from a nearby creek, workers found a 4-foot-long baby alligator hiding behind the commode in the men's bathroom, WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, Fla., reported Wednesday.

I thought it was a fish or an eel or something, and all I caught was the back of the tail, Peoples told the station. I got down and started looking, and he got in behind the commode "¦ and I said, 'Oh my God, that's a baby gator!'

The gator was removed and placed in the creek, perhaps feeling relieved to be out of a restaurant whose menu of exotic foods includes alligator tail, WJXT reported.