Employees at a supermarket in the southern U.S. state of Florida were forced to close their doors to a nearly two-meter-long alligator that had stopped in the store's entrance on Sunday morning, causing the automatic doors to open and close until they were locked.
Local police officers tried to attract the reptile away as customers gathered to watch and snap pictures.
The alligator eventually made its way to nearby woods. Officers searched the area but could not find the animal.
The Everglades National Park is home to 36 threatened or protected species including the alligator, the american crocodile.