DAYTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan man thought the hissing sound on his rural property was a possum. Instead, he was confronted with an escaped alligator.
Fells was catching minnows on his property when he was startled by the noise, WEYI reported.
"I heard this hissing sound and I couldn't figure out where it was coming from, and I thought maybe it was a possum I was going to walk up on," Fells told the television station. "There was a 6-foot alligator sunbathing, and when I spooked the alligator, it turned on me to come toward me. I pulled my pistol out, and I shot it. That paralyzed him, and then I immediately called 911."
According to the Tuscola County Sheriff's Office, the alligator escaped from a fenced enclosure at a nearby property where an exotic animal rescue was operating, WSBT reported. During their investigation, deputies said they found several wild animals on the property, including emus, tortoises and six rattlesnakes, WEYI reported.
“We were having our association meeting and someone had come in and said they had just shot an alligator in the canal,” Linda Davis told the television station. “We all kind of laughed because this is Michigan. We don’t have alligators in our canals."
But when Davis saw photos of the gators on Fell's property, she became concerned.
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