WATCH | A Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, family got an early Easter surprise. Around 1:30 Sunday morning, Susie Polston woke up to hear rumbling outside her bedroom door. She thought it was either her daughter moving furniture or an intruder. Turns out it was the latter, but not exactly what she expected.
All that racket was coming from a 9-foot alligator thrashing on the Polstons' back porch.
"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."
“It sounded like aluminum rubbing up against aluminum,” Susie said.
With just one glass door separating them and the gator, they immediately called authorities.
The gator made its way up 15 steps, broke through a locked screen door and broke tables and other porch items before resting on the farthest side of the porch. “We were in disbelief that he actually made his way up the stairs, because we didn’t know alligators would climb stairs,” Susie said.
On Monday, the Polstons hired help to replace the door with something more “gator-proof.” After seven years at their home, they’ve seen their fair share of wildlife inside and outside, including a copperhead, rattlesnake, turtles, ducks and geese.
“If you’re playing golf, you’ll see three or four (alligators) on the course any given day,” Steve Polston said. “That’s not unusual.”
But this was their first -- and hopefully their last -- alligator at home.
“I feel like I’ll never be able to open these doors again without coming through here and looking out here and scanning the whole porch,” Susie said.
A DNR wildlife specialist tried for hours to steer the gator outside but eventually it was killed, deemed too dangerous to handle. DNR said the gator was likely making a migratory mating route from one pond to another and somehow got lost and confused.