BURAS, La. (WGNO) — Plaquemines Parish deputies were surprised when they arrived at a Dollar General store in Buras, where they found a giant alligator waiting outside the doors.

Deputy Tony Palmisano snapped the photo of the six-foot alligator and the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office posted it to its Facebook page.

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(Courtesy: Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office)

The post said, “This little fella was patiently waiting for the Dollar General to open this morning.”