Kingsland resident gets surprise visit from alligator

The uninvited guest was later released into the St. Marys River 🐊

On Wednesday, the Kingsland Police Department says, a resident discovered an alligator. (Kingsland Police Department) (Kingsland Police Department)

KINGSLAND, Ga. – A Southeast Georgia resident had a surprise visit Wednesday morning from an uninvited guest: an alligator.

The Kingsland Police Department shared photos on Facebook of the alligator, which appears to be at least 5 feet long. In one picture, the gator can be seen lying outside the house on what looks like a patio.

The Police Department said Officer Thornton, with help from Dale Taylor with the city’s Planning and Zoning Department, caught the reptile. Another image shows the officer holding the gator’s snout shut.

The Kingsland Police Department says the alligator was caught and then released. (Kingsland Police Department)

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After capturing the alligator, they released it into the St. Marys River.

In a video of the release, the officer can be seen releasing letting go of the jaws of the feisty gator, which then saunters into the water and swims off.

WATCH: Press the play button below to view the video from the Police Department.

The Kingsland Police Department shared this video of an officer releasing an alligator, which was found Wednesday morning by a resident, into the St. Marys River.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, there are about 200,000 to 250,000 alligators in the state.

To learn more about alligators in Georgia, click here.