Monday, June 12, 2006

On the Lighter Side - what to do when an Alligator Knocks on Your Door

I just loved this article. The first time I read it, I didn't look closely enough at the photograph -- or else I didn't believe what I was seeing. Take a look for yourself! My caption would be "Ding-dong! Avon calling!"

Guess who's coming to dinner? Couple shun scaly visitor
BY BEN CRITES, The Island Packet, Published Wednesday, June 7, 2006

SUN CITY HILTON HEAD -- Use the peephole. You never know who -- or what -- will knock on your front door.

Photo: A 6-foot-long alligator climbs within inches of the doorbell after knocking into the front door of Roslyn and Robert Loretta's home on Penny Creek Drive in Sun City Hilton Head on Friday night. The reptile apparently was enticed into the couple's yard by the smell of teriyaki chicken.
Richard Holinski/Special to the Packet

For the Lorettas, it was a big "what" that came a knockin' at their Sun City Hilton Head home Friday night.

A 6-foot-long alligator pounded on the front door of their Penny Creek Drive home at around 7:45 p.m. and started scaling the wall at the entryway -- its front left claw inches from the doorbell.

"It looked like he was going to ring the doorbell," said Roslyn Loretta, describing the scene from her viewpoint behind the door. "This alligator was aggressive. It really left me a little shaken afterward."

Loretta blames teriyaki chicken for the unexpected visit.

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