LUMBERTON — Residents on Beulah Church Road woke up to an unexpected visitor Friday morning — a 12-foot long alligator.
Minnie Odum, who spotted the animal in a neighbor’s backyard at 6 a.m., said it’s not the first time she’s seen an alligator in the neighborhood, and she occasionally spots them crossing roads to find water in dry weather.
State Trooper Ray Harris said it was the biggest alligator he’s seen in his 14 years working in Robeson County. Harris said the animal weighed close to 400 pounds, and could be between 60 to 80 years old.
Harris said the animal had most likely just fed because it did not appear to be vicious or dangerous towards the small crowd of people that had gathered around it. He said the animal seemed content resting in the shade.
A state wildlife officer was called to relocate the animal, Harris said.