(Editor’s Note: We do so many serious stories around here that once in awhile we like to make you laugh. Or cry from laughter! Enjoy.)

On Monday in Punta Gorda, Florida, during a routine traffic stop, a police officer got a little more than he bargained for. Upon pulling a couple over, when the Florida deputy asked the female passenger if she had “anything else on her”1 she “proceeded to pull an alligator out of her yoga pants (about one foot in length) and placed it into the bed of the truck.”1


The Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy had pulled the pair over after they didn’t stop for a stop sign. But after asking for the driver’s license, registration and insurance card, “Michael Clemons, 22, told deputies he and his passenger, Ariel Machan-Le Quire, 25, were trying to collect frogs and snakes from under the overpass.”1

Not a big deal. Right?


The deputy asked permission to search the bags in the truck to make sure the duo hadn’t collected any wildlife they weren’t supposed to have and found 41 small turtles in Machan-Le Quire’s bag. Then, she pulled the alligator from her pants.  then gave permission to search her backpack, which was on the floorboard near her, according to the report.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission were called to investigate. We have no idea if either have been charged.


  1. Miami Herald