LEAGUE CITY, Texas – It took three hours, lots of muscle, and a few sheets of plywood to pull a nearly 12-feet-long alligator from Clear Creek, leaving a family counting its blessings after quite the scare.
The gator had its sights set on 4-year-old Brandalyn Grande, who was playing with her brother and babysitter Friday along part of the creek that abuts her family’s home in League City.
“He was headed straight for her, there’s no doubt that’s where he was headed,” said Andrew Grande, Sr., who was in the backyard when he saw the beast’s head dip up and below the water.
“Came straight up to the bulkhead and sunk back down,” Grande said.
“I happened to be standing kinda where we are right now picking something up and I happened to look back and not ten yards from her was a huge alligator kinda coming straight in her distance right toward her,” he described.
Grande said he ran toward Brandalyn and Robin Randolph, the family’s babysitter.
“(The gator) was making a bee-line for us,” Randolph explained. “Andrew had knocked me into the gate. Picked up Bambi and threw her over the fence,” Randolph said, describing the terrifying encounter.
The family says it was apparent the alligator had zeroed in on Brandalyn as prey. After Grande got both his daughter and her babysitter to safety, he called the Game Warden. That call eventually led to an alligator hunter.