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Sep 13, 2010 3:27 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Cuff him! No, you cuff him!

Florida sheriff's deputies sprang into action Monday morning when a seven-foot alligator made its way toward a group of school children.

A school crossing guard first spotted the gator on a street in Oldsmar and called authorities.

Deputies quickly arrived and called for a trapper, but decided they couldn't wait when the reptile entered the street and began heading towards a group of children walking to Forest Lakes Elementary School.

Three deputies worked to lasso the gator's head.

After a short tussle they were able to tape its mouth shut and secure its back feet with handcuffs.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took custody of the gator until the trapper arrived.

 

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