Anthony Nobilio Sr. took these photos on Saturday, September 1, 2012, of an alligator wandering through the Cypress Island community off River Road.
At times, it appeared the alligator was trying to use the old Saturday Night Live telegram ruse in an attempt to to step out of the sweltering summer heat. But unlike the famous SNL skit, residents were wise to his trick and didn't open their doors.
Both Police and Wildlife Officers were contacted for assistance and they in turn contacted a private contractor to assist in the gators removal. The alligator was captured and then later released back into the Cape Fear River.