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Nothing seems to be going right in my adoptive state of Florida but this foul smell is a nice shift from the depressing.

Fort Meyers residents had been complaining of a foul smell coming from a drainage ditch. You’d think it’s just backed-up sewage or some obese guy’s septic tank overflowing.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t–it was an 11-foot long dead alligator causing the wretched smell. I’m not sure what dead gator smells like, but for an entire community to complain about it, it sure isn’t potpourri.


Betsy Clayton, public information officer for Lee County, said a call from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on Monday alerted the department of transportation to a bad odor coming from a catch basin in the Whiskey Creek community.

She said the DOT crew got there, confirmed the odor and went about figuring out what was the cause.What they found was a very dead 11-foot-long alligator stuck in the catch basin.“ About twice a year we get calls for gators,” she said. Mostly, though, Clayton said the gators are not that large.

“Our pipes are not that big,” she said.

The pipe the gator probably came through was about 14-by-24 inches, she said, but where it was found was in the catch basin, which measures about 4-feet-wide. The gator was located about 2 to 3 feet below ground in the catch basin.

This may be the younger brother of that golf course-roaming monstrosity.

[h/t Bro Bible]