West Kendall woman finds iguana in toilet bowl, calls 911

What did a South Florida woman do when she lifted the lid on her toilet and found an iguana inside?

She closed it again and called 911.

Lt. Scott Mullin of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom One unit told the Miami Herald it’s the first time he’s found an iguana in a toilet.

Mullin said when the call came in Tuesday night, he asked the dispatcher to make sure it was an iguana and not a snake.

Gisele Quintero told Local 10 News reporter Todd Tongen that her mother called her after finding the iguana.

“I opened the door, stuck my hand in. I took a picture with my phone and when I pulled it out, I noticed it wasn’t a garden snake,” she said. “It’s something (that’s) got legs and it’s moving.”

Quintero said she didn’t know what to do, so she called 911.

“They kept asking, ‘Is this an emergency?'” she said. “I’m like, ‘Well, not really, but we’d like to get this removed.'”

Mullin said the grandmother, her daughter and grandchildren were waiting when he arrived at their home in West Kendall. Mullin said the lizard likely came up through the pipes.

“It’s believed, because they’re excellent swimmers and they can hold their breath for an extended period of time, that it probably wound up coming up from the plumbing system and wound up in the toilet,” Lt. Felipe Lay said. “It’s a very rare call for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.”

Mullin used gloves to lift the iguana from the bowl, put it in a box and drove it to a wildlife rescue center.

Quintero said she plans to check the toilets in her house each time she uses them from now on before sitting down.

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Child requires CPR at Three Lakes pool

A child was hospitalized on Saturday after requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation at a pool in Southwest Miami-Dade’s Three Lakes neighborhood. 

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the Twin Lakes gated community near Southwest 137th Avenue and 143rd Street, after someone pulled the child out of the pool. 

Paramedics took the child in an ambulance to the West Kendall Baptist Hospital. They noted there were good signs of health. The child was conscious, breathing and crying. 

Local 10 News’ Andrea Torres contributed to this report. 

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Man accused of filming naked woman at Kendall tanning salon

A South Florida man was arrested after he filmed a naked woman at a tanning salon in Kendall, authorities said.The incident was reported Friday at Zoom Tan at 13630 SW 120th St.According to an arrest report, the victim was getting ready to step into a …

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Giant alligator found tied to tree in Kendall neighborhood

A large alligator was found tied to a tree in a Kendall neighborhood this morning.

The 9-foot, 2-inch gator was bound to the tree by rope near Sunset Drive and 117th Avenue.

The alligator’s mouth was shut improperly with duct tape.

Officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the improper taping of the alligator injured the animal.

The FWC was able to remove the alligator and relocate it to a gator farm where it will be released into the wild after it recovers from its injuries.

Witnesses told Local 10 News that the gator was aggressive and fearful of humans from the start.

“You got to be aware of them because they will get you, and this one is pretty big,” a man, identified only as Barry, said.

Officials are investigating who may have trapped the alligator. The illegal trapping of an alligator is a crime and violators may be prosecuted if caught.

“That one really surprised me because either he was out here sunbathing or they actually went inside the lake and caught him, and you got to be crazy for that,” Barry said.

Residents in the area have complained about alligators before, but the FWC claims they can only catch them once they become a nuisance.

“It’s crazy. They should’ve left the gator alone,” Eric Alonso, who lives in the area, said. “The gator wasn’t doing anything crazy. It was just living its life in the lake.”

The FWC advises residents to stay away from handling an alligator without permission. Those with concerns about an alligator are urged to call the commission’s nuisance alligator hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR.

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