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A mother got the fright of her life when she walked into her lounge to find her three-year-old son stroking a 1.5 metre long alligator.

AlligatorThe woman made the discovery while she was mopping up the living room after high floodwaters receded in northern Brazil explained local firefighters.

The creature was trapped by firefighters, removed from the house and released back in the river an environmentally protected area close to the city of Parauapebas.

Chief fire officer Luiz Claudio Farias said the alligator could have seriously hurt or killed the toddler.

"It was lucky the reptile apparently wasn't in the mood for a meal. If he was hungry, he could have seriously hurt or even killed the boy."

He added: "Cities in this region were built very near rivers and the rain forests, which is why it is not uncommon to see animals like alligators and snakes entering people's houses."

National Geographic claims that human beings are rarely an alligator's first choice of food, as they feed mainly on fish, turtles, snakes, and other small mammals.

However, they maintain that an alligator will eat just about anything, including pet animals like dogs and can attack and seriously maim people if provoked.

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