Crocodile causes a ‘pool emergency’; neighbors shocked

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When Ramon and Maria Crego went outside to take their two dogs for a walk after dinner, Ramon noticed a ripple in the water of their pool and did a double take. “What is that, a crocodile?” Ramon thought.

Sure enough, a crocodile had made its way up a launch ramp from the bay and into the backyard of their home in Hammer Point in Tavernier in the Florida Keys. It walked straight toward the pool and climbed in.

Surveillance cameras caught footage of the intrusion a week ago.

“We have small dogs, which we were taking outside with us for a walk,” Ramon Crego told USA Today/For The Win Outdoors. “So I told my wife to take them back inside and go call fish and wildlife.

“My wife called 911, and as we are Cuban, we are kind of loud. Our neighbors heard my wife telling the 911 operator that ‘our emergency is in the pool!’”

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So some of the neighbors came over, curious to see this emergency.

“They were all shocked, but found this incident very amusing,” Ramon said. “So we had friends and family on the balcony.”

The Monroe County Police and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded quickly.

“It took him about an hour and a half to shoo him back into the bay,” Ramon said. “He was verifying with his supervisor what he should do, as the croc really liked our pool and didn’t seem to want to leave.

“We thought he would take him away, but he said no, ‘he lives here, and will come back anyway.’

“We hope not.”

Photos courtesy of ViralHog and Slava Petrov/Creative Commons.