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LAKELAND, FL - A Florida family got a surprise visit when an unwanted guest stopped by their home this week; a nine-foot-long gator.

Lakeland homeowner, Craig Lear says he spotted it when he went to let out the cats out, and that's when he saw the gator in the pool.

"I saw a bubble in the pool and I thought a golf ball had come through the screen so I went up and didn't see a golf ball and looked in the deep end and there was a big gator," said Lear.

The family called a trapper to take care of their scaly situation.

"He came out. He used a lasso effect, wrapped him up and it was pretty scary. At one point all the waves were rocking in the pool from just the gator thrashing in the pool but then he tired him out and hauled him and right out the door," said wife Laura Lear.