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Big gator turns heads outside Florida middle school

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -

A brief video of a large gator strolling past a Florida middle school is turning heads this week.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses who spotted the gator said it caused a bit of a traffic jam around Deltona Middle School, which is usually pretty deserted on a Sunday evening. The gator paid no mind to the "No trespassing" sign as he sauntered past.

Karl Miranda shot video of the gator.

"As I got closer, I saw it was a gator, and the closer I got, it was a big gator," Miranda told WESH-TV. "There were quite a few people who were a little bolder than me. It made me a little nervous, didn't want them to attract the gator coming my way."

A trapper was called to catch the gator, but by the time the trapper arrived, the gator was gone.

The school is near several bodies of water that the gator could have called home.

Officials with Volusia County Schools said they walked the grounds Monday with Animal Control officers who saw no sign of the gator.

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