A woman in Brazil was shocked to find an alligator hiding behind her sofa after heavy rains flooded her house in the central town of Parauapebas, in Para state.
She said she was alerted to the animal's presence by her son, who was patting the alligator's head.
The woman snatched the child away and called the fire brigade, who trapped the 1.5m-long (5ft) reptile.
The firefighters said the family was lucky the animal was not hungry.
Firefighter Captain Luiz Claudio Farias said the alligator could have seriously hurt or even killed the boy.
Mr Farias said it was not uncommon for animals such as alligators and snakes to enter people's houses in towns such as Parauapebas which are built very near rivers and the rainforest.
He said the animal had been released in a less populated area of the town.
via BBC News - Brazilian woman finds alligator behind sofa.
Check behind your sofa! Don't take any chances. Check now! I'm sitting on my sofa right now, and I didn't even check behind it before I sat down. There could be an alligator. Even two. I'm getting up to look.... really.... but first I'm getting a broom, just in case... okay, all clear.
Check behind your sofa and report back here. We can get through this if we all stick together.