By Chris Wymore


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SUGAR LAND (CBSDFW.COM) – Shoppers at a strip mall in Sugar Land got more than they bargained for when they saw a 12-foot alligator in the parking lot.

The alligator, which was blind in one eye, weighed more than 800 pounds and was believed to be over 50 years old.

Authorities called in the professionals… and they got Christy Krobroth, a petite dental hygienist.

Krobroth is also a member of the Gator Squad, a group of people licensed to trap alligators by Texas Parks & Wildlife.” A lot of times when I show up on a call, it’s cops and mostly guys,” she said. “They’re like, ‘Texas Parks & Wildlife sent you?’ They kind of doubt me at first, until I really get them taped and ready to go.”

The animal was captured by Krobroth. “He wasn’t too sweet to me, but I’ll forgive him for that,” she said.

The alligator will be sent to a sanctuary, Krobroth said, where he will be a part of a breeding program. “He’ll probably just live out the rest of his life and have girlfriends and make babies and be fed every day. He’ll be a happy gator,” she said.

Krobroth did have some help. A co-worker with Texas Parks & Wildlife brought his truck, and Home Depot supplied a forklift to get the 800-pound gator into the truck.