This is the moment Texas cops rescue a baby alligator relaxing in a woman’s hot tub.
The rescue was filmed in the city of Fulshear in Fort Bend County located in the US state of Texas, and the footage was shared on social media by the police on 29th July.
The Fulshear Police were called to a woman’s house after she noticed a small alligator chilling out in the hot tub section of her private pool.
After successfully seizing the alligator and holding its mouth closed, the cop decided to name the “pretty” reptile Emma.
In the footage, an officer is seen lifting the alligator out of the water with a pole after one or two failed attempts.
The cop carefully picks up the reptile and holds its mouth closed before referring to it as “pretty” and deciding to name it “Emma”.
The footage ends with the two cops preparing to place Emma in the back of a patrol car ahead of releasing it into the wild.
The Fulshear Police said in a statement that “officers recently received a call in regard to a Criminal Trespass” in the area, adding: “An unknown suspect had entered a homeowner’s backyard and decided to go for a swim in their hot tub.
“Officers Chavez and Landry quickly made the scene and observed the suspect swimming naked without regard to the owner’s wishes.
“The suspect resisted at first but was soon arrested and later released without further incident.”
Netizens had a lot to say about the capture, with ‘Allison Simmons’ commenting: “Emma, beautiful name haha.”
Facebook user ‘Mark S Duncan’ said: “Great job, it seems like the gators are coming out strong this year. I guess they are tired of staying home like the rest of us. Thank you for your service.”
‘Meggie Clark’ joked: “I’m sorry but is no one going to mention that Emma was not read her rights? For shame FPD, for shame!”
‘Terry SC Cummings’ wrote: “You need to officially change your name from Fulshear PD to Fulshear Police and Alligator Wrangling Department.”