Mount Pleasant Family Receives Unusual Easter Surprise

April 18, 2017, 10:51 am EST | Share:

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (CAROLINE BALCHUNAS, WTAT-TV) — A Mount Pleasant family got quite an Easter surprise when a 9-foot gator made himself at home on their back porch, and the family says he wasn’t going anywhere!

Around 1:30 Sunday morning the wife woke up to rumbling sounds outside. She thought either it was her daughter moving furniture or an intruder – as it turns out it was both, but not exactly what she expected.

A broken table, a punctured screen door. It’s all the signs of a break. “It sounded like aluminum rubbing up against aluminum,” said Susie Polston.

But all of that racket came from a 9-foot alligator thrashing on Steve and Susie Polston’s back porch. Just one glass door separating them and the gator, they immediately called authorities.

“We thought it was a joke maybe and we knocked on the window and it moved. So we were like, ‘no, this is a serious prank if somebody did this,’” Steve said.

The gator made its way up 15 steps and broke through a locked screen door. “We were in disbelief that he actually made his way up the stairs, because we didn’t know alligators would climb stairs,” Susie said.

A day later, the family began gator proofing their home.

After seven years at their RiverTowne Country Club home, they’ve seen their fair share of wildlife inside and outside their home. “Snakes, turtles, ducks, geese, deer,” said Susie.

“If you’re playing golf, on any given day you’ll see three or four gators in the pond,” Steven said. “That’s not unusual.” But this was a first.

For hours, they say a wildlife specialist tried to steer the gator outside. It was eventually killed, deemed too dangerous to handle.

The family says they will never be able to open their doors now without taking a hard look around first. They were especially happy that all three of their cats were inside the house at the time.

A DNR specialist was making a migratory mating route from one pond to another and somehow became lost. They also noticed the gator was blind in one of its eyes.