Residents in a suburb of Harris County, Texas, watched on as a 12-foot alligator that had found itself in their neighborhood was wrangled onto the back of a truck on September 19.
Officials in Harris County reported that the gator was “in Animal Control’s possession” after being captured in the early hours in Atascocita.
Local man Joey Coomer told Fox 26 how he spotted the alligator near his driveway as he left for work at five in the morning. He said he heard a “hiss and a growl” coming from the nearby animal.
Alligator wrangler Timothy Deramus was called into action, and footage shot by Coomer shows the lengthy struggle to get the animal onto the back of Deramus’s vehicle.
With the help of local officers and others, Deramus brought the animal toward the vehicle, with the gator lunging toward Deramus as well as flipping itself over numerous times in an attempt to escape.
Eventually, he was able to bind up the gator’s legs and mouth, before getting it onto the back of his truck. Posting to Facebook, Deramus said the gator was 12 foot and four inches in total. Credit: Joey Coomer via Storyful
- No, it doesn't. It doesn't. Mother-[MUTED] [INAUDIBLE]. They won't even get me in here for this crap.
- Come on. Didn't you say you're a bad [MUTED]?
- That's it.
- All right. Give me a hand, now.
- You're going to need one more hand.
- Let him do his roll. Get him up there.
I can't pull him.
- Hold on, just wrap around this right here.
- Hold on. Hold on. Hold on.
- Go around the tree. Go around the tree. Pull the rope. Go around the tree.
- That'll work.
- Hold him right there.
- No, come up--
- Whoa, whoa, whoa.
- You're all right?
- No, you can--
- I can't do it.
- --throw the rope over it.
- Come on around the tree.
- Come on.
- Hold on. Hold on.
- Let him do his thing.
- Let it go. Let it go. Let it go. Let it go.
- Let it go.
- Let it go. Let it go. Let it go.
- Let it go. [INAUDIBLE] let it go.
- He's supposed to be on a piece of grass.
- You don't need the lights on?
- Nah, I can see.
- All right.
- Yeah, I [INAUDIBLE].
- All right.
JOEY COOMER: What did you need help with?
TIMOTHY DERAMUS: Just, nah-- just stay back. I'm telling you just--
JOEY COOMER: Yeah, nah, if he get-- I got you.
- Do your thing. You're the wrangler.
TIMOTHY DERAMUS: That's it, huh?
JOEY COOMER: You need another rope? Not a rope, but--
TIMOTHY DERAMUS: Got to get this one tied.
- Get that corner. Tape that.
TIMOTHY DERAMUS: All right, go ahead and back up. Go back up again. Yeah, you're good. You're good. All right, there we go.
Let me get up over here.
- [INAUDIBLE]. Let's get his head back in there.
- [INAUDIBLE] You see right there? Untie real quick. Now come up. You can come back around.
- All right, [INAUDIBLE]. You want his head in there.
- All right, gator ranger-- - Gator ranger--
- --got a beef.
- --cusses more than anybody. You've got to watch out. I've get four grandbabies.
- Next thing you know, he was walking around--
- There might be [MUTED] even.
TIMOTHY DERAMUS: That's right.
- Now there are only four--
- No, this one's five.
TIMOTHY DERAMUS: All right, go ahead and pull for-- or let me pull forward.
1, 2, 3, [INAUDIBLE] now. 1, 2, 3. One more.
- One more?
TIMOTHY DERAMUS: 1, 2, 3.
- Can I get a card?
TIMOTHY DERAMUS: Yeah, I'm going to get it home.