Alligator hangs out on South Florida front porch on Mother's Day

Gator was 8-foot, 3-inches long

Published On: May 13 2013 06:26:11 AM EDT

A homeowner in South Florida got a surprise Mother's Day morning when he found a large alligator on his front porch.

Alfonso Castaneda, of Parkland, woke up Sunday morning to find a large alligator hanging out on his front porch.

The Gator Boys came out to the home on Emerald Avenue near North University Drive to remove the alligator from the residence.

At first, the family told WPLG-TV they thought it was a Mother's Day prank, not thinking the gator was real.

After dragging the beast into a side yard, the trapper tried to tire the gator out in the grass before taping its jaw. The gator was bagged and transported to Holiday Park.

WPLG reporters were there as the capture happened. See it all play out here.