stopped by a church
, where it was greeted by parishioners and given a business
card by the pastor.
and video taken at Victory Church in LeHigh Acres show a small gator roaming the grounds and even approaching the front door at one point:
The church's lead pastor, Daniel Gregory, recorded himself approaching the reptile and handing it a business card.
"Would you like to check us out?" Gregory asks in the video. "We have services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings."
Gregory described the unusual visit as a chance to have some fun.
"He came to our church, and I don't know what his spiritual condition is," Gregory told WBBH-TV, adding, "I need to invite this gator to church."
Gregory claimed that when he attempted to baptize the gator, it ran away to a storm drain.
According to the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission
, others should not approach alligators as close as Gregory does in the video.
"We certainly encourage the viewing aspect of it," FWC Officer Adam Brown said. "However, we never want you to approach a wild animal like that because it can be very dangerous."