A mail carrier in Dularge got an unpleasant surprise Friday when she opened up a mailbox on her route and was greeted by an alligator.
“The mail lady opened the mailbox in order to place the mail in the mailbox when she saw the live alligator,” Maj. Malcolm Wolfe, spokesman for the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Friday on the 1400 block of Dr. Beatrous Road.
“The mail lady immediately closed the mailbox and delivered the mail to the homeowner and made them aware of this,” Wolfe said, adding that the homeowner then called the Sheriff’s Office and filed a report.
A deputy responded and recovered two alligators – from two different mail boxes – each between one and one-and-one-half-foot long.
“The deputy who conducted this investigation removed the alligators from the mailboxes and transported them to Falgout Canal where he released them back into the waterway,” Wolfe said.
An investigation was conducted, Wolfe said, and the deputy learned that several area teens were involved in the placement of the alligators.
The mail carrier was not injured but was reported to have been shaken up by her encounter.
The residents of both homes where the gators were deposited in mail boxes declined to press criminal charges. However, authorities are trying to determine whether juvenile charges against the children – believed to be in the 14- to 15-year-old range – will nonetheless be filed.
Neither the carrier nor the homeowners were immediately identified. •