They say if you want to get a job done, call in a woman. And if you really want to get it done, call in a mom! And if you really, really want a job done, call in deputy Jessica McGregor! The mother of two happened to be near a middle school when she saw an unwelcome guest in its yard -- an alligator. McGregor, not wanting to wait the nearly two hours for a professional trapper to reach the school, and knowing that the children were about to be released from classes, decided to take matters into her own hands. Literally.
Choosing not to shoot the animal, and likely frightening the kids, McGregor fetched some rope, tied a noose, got it around the gator, and dragged him out of the bushes where he'd hidden. Meanwhile, a police officer who'd been called to the scene stood by watching in awe after confessing, "I don't know nothin' 'bout no gators." (Not exactly what he said, but close.)
Jessica got the animal turned around and when it began thrashing, she merely watched as he tired himself out. Says this heroic mom:
Once he got tired, he just laid there and wiggled his tail. I threw the rope over him and dropped down with my knees behind his front legs. He jerked around a little bit and just gave up.
Jessica then straddled the beast, got her hands around its snout, and taped its mouth shut. Jessica isn't exactly new to gator rasslin. She told the Orlando Sentinel:
I've lived in Lake County my whole life. Back in the day, you had these things come up on your land, and you just caught 'em up and threw 'em back in the nearest watering hole.
Here's video that a bystander -- who provides a bonus with hilarious commentary ("No she didn't!!") -- filmed of this fearless mom and the hapless gator. What would you have done?
Image via Orlando Sentinel