When Brian Foster, a Texas resident returned home post-Hurricane Harvey on Friday, he found it was already occupied by someone else – a 10-foot-long alligator.

The intruder was hiding under his dining table when Foster entered his storm-stricken home in Humble and began assessing the level of damages incurred. Foster did not waste any time in calling the wildlife officials who arrived on the scene and carried the predator safely out of the man’s home.

“I walked through the house and was looking at demo-ing the house when I turned around and walked back through my dining room. I looked down, and there was a 10-foot alligator in my dining room,” Foster said, CNN reported. 

One of the constables present on the scene stated that Foster was quite startled to find the alligator in his house, refusing to believe that the wild animal was capable of crawling into people’s properties. “The homeowner’s first thought was, ‘Is this real or fake?'” said Constable Mark Herman of Harris County, Texas said, CBS Philly reported. “He was so disconnected from the fact that there could be an alligator in his home that he had to think for a second to see if his wife had bought a fake alligator or not.”

Wildernex Wildlife Control and local law enforcement officers had their work cut out for them when they arrived at Foster’s residence. They wrestled with the reptile before overpowering it and managing to strap its jaws shut. After ensuring that the creature could do no harm, the officials packed it at the back of the truck and assured everyone that it will be delivered back to its natural habitat.

Not unlike Foster, Arlene Kelsch who lived near Lake Olympia, Texas, found two alligators swimming in the floodwaters that had accumulated in her backyard on Aug. 27. After excitedly posting the picture of one of the reptiles that she had spotted on the first day, she made a video of the second one on the next day, adding how both the creatures might have swum into her property through the gap in her fence.

Kelsch told Chron that she had failed to notice that there were actually two alligators present in her backyard. "I went to check on him and saw he had moved to another part of my backyard...but it wasn't the same alligator! That's when I see two swimming around our yard," Kelsch said. "Holy crap was my reaction. I felt relatively safe seeing them; it's kind of cool. As long as I don't open my door, I'm fine, but it's still a little creepy."

“It's a good reminder that people shouldn't just play around in the water, which sometimes they do. When water starts to go down they may stay in our backyard," she added.

Park and wildlife authorities in Texas issued a warning to the residents to beware of alligators and other deadly reptiles that might be spotted near their properties or areas where they "aren’t normally observed" following the storm, on Tuesday.