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Insurance claim denied after gator breaks into home

Insurance claim denied after gator breaks into home
Photo:Clearwater Police Department

Insurance claim denied after gator breaks into home

The insurance claim brought by a Clearwater woman after an 11-foot alligator went crashing through a kitchen window has been denied.

The story of the gator break-in made headlines on May 31, 2019. 

Homeowner, Mary Wischhusen,  told reporters she filed the claim hoping her insurance company would make an exception.

Unfortunately, Florida Peninsula Insurance has denied the claim saying the police does not cover wildlife. 

Now,weeks later, the 77-year-old does not know where to turn saying she simply does not have enough money to fix the window or the other wall damage left from the alligator.

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  • With the Prime Minister of Denmark making it clear that she was not interested in selling Greenland to the United States, labeling the idea 'absurd,' President Donald Trump said Tuesday night that he would cancel his scheduled visit to the NATO ally in early September. 'Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting,' the President tweeted on Tuesday evening. In interviews this week, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had made clear that Greenland was not for sale, even as she welcomed the idea of closer relations between Denmark and the United States. But that wasn't enough for President Trump. On Sunday, President Trump had downplayed the issue as he returned to the White House. 'It’s not number one on the burner, I can tell you that,' the President told reporters when asked about the idea of buying Greenland. The decision obviously came as a surprise to U.S. diplomats in Denmark, as the U.S. Ambassador had put out a tweet a few hours earlier about the President's scheduled state visit. The President and First Lady had been invited by the Queen of Denmark earlier this summer for a two day state visit. Democrats mocked the President for canceling his stop in Denmark. “Embarrassing,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). 'What a shame when Greenland could be covered with sand traps, water holes and lots of beautiful putting greens,' said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), referring to the President's golfing.