Yet again, a South Carolina family is reporting that an alligator showed up on their porch, only this time it knocked on the door.
It happened Tuesday night in Myrtle Beach, and Mandy Johnson-Plucinski told TV station WMBF that she and her 14-year-old son were getting ready for bed when they heard the knock.
“I heard it again and our dog barked,” said Plucinski, told the station.
She then turned on the porch light and saw 7-foot, 100-plus pound gator outside the front door.
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“We were shocked,” she told the station.
Forty minutes later, the alligator was still sitting there when a “snake chaser” from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources came to trap it, WMBF reported. The gator just sat there the entire time – like it was expecting the family to change its mind and open the door.
Experts blame wet weather on the visit, noting alligators have a tendency to move around at night when it rains.
It’s not the first time an alligator has used proper etiquette when visiting a South Carolina home.
Last year, an alligator was seen scratching at the front door of a South Carolina family's home, as if it were attempting to ring the doorbell. The unusual sight was caught on video in Moncks Corner.
In April, a 9-foot alligator was found thrashing around on a back porch in Mount Pleasant, S.C. The family told media outlets they were awakened by the sound of “aluminum rubbing up against aluminum,” WFXL reported. They assumed it was a break-in, then discovered an alligator had climbed up 15 steps, broke through a locked screen door and got onto a sun porch.
In that case, it didn’t knock.