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Playing golf may be seen as a challenge, but not many would think it could be dangerous.
One golfer in Florida, however, had a surprising interruption to his game last week as a Jurassic-sized alligator suddenly walked across the green.
Enormous gator strolls Manatee Co. golf course https://t.co/cPeyw5ptcz
— ABC Action News (@abcactionnews) May 30, 2016
Charles Helms of Sarasota captured video footage of the behemoth, estimated to be about 15 feet long, as it casually strolled across the Buffalo Creek Golf Club in Palmetto.
“I was stunned and silent,” Helms told ABC Action News. “I didn’t know if we were being punked or something. It was just laying down, resting, when it got up and started moving towards the big lake.”
Apparently, the alligator has been around for years and serves as a sort of mascot for the golf course.
“He has been here for a very, very long time, he’s not new at all. There have been guesses that he’s 15 to 16 feet long,” course employee Wendy Schofield told KSNV-TV
“People have heard that he is out here and that is all they want to see so they will bring spectators to ride so somebody can get a picture,” she said .”He doesn’t bother anybody and they don’t bother him, he’s like a mascot for the course, which is owned by Manatee County.”
Helms posted the video to his Facebook page where it gained national attention.
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Video: Charles Helms, via Golf. com/YouTube.
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