Video: Gator makes early morning house visit in N. Charleston, family keeps sleeping

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - When the Mayfield family got a security alert on their phones about someone or something on their front porch early Monday morning, they passed it off as nothing.

It was probably for the best they didn't answer the door since the visitor was a large gator who had walked up to the porch and made himself comfortable right at the front door.

It was all captured on video.

Alicia Mayfield said she and her husband got a notification on their phones about a presence at their front porch of their home at the Indigo Palms neighborhood in North Charleston.

"We heard our phones give us the notification at 4:33 a.m. but decided not to check it, and I guess we just went back to sleep," Mayfield said.

When the family awoke later in the morning, there was nothing there.

It wasn't until later in the evening that Mayfield decided to check out the surveillance video to see what caused the alert.

"When I saw [the gator] I immediately called and texted my husband who just got to work for the night," Mayfield said."We are shocked. My daughter and I ran outside to all our neighbors to show them."

Mayfield said her neighbors have posted about gators being in nearby ponds before, but she never thought one would make a visit to her home.

"This is not something we ever imagined would happen to us on our front porch," Mayfield said."But it's the South. I guess we need to get use to it."

Their home has been visited by other animals before, just not one so big or threatening.

"Our daughter, Faith, hopes the gator didn't find the cat or the raccoons," Mayfield said.

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