Wild Animals and Swimming Pools

Wild Encounters People have had in their Swimming Pools

In city areas, most swimming pool owners only encounter small wild animals and insects that are attracted to their pools. In more suburban or rural areas, there are much larger animals sharing our neighbourhoods. When summer heats up, your swimming pool can lead to some wild encounters with the local animals. 

Canada is a large country with a lot of diverse ecology, and there are thousands of wild encounters in Canadian pools each year. But, this is also a global phenomenon. Check out some of these wild encounters people have had in their pools. 

In city areas, most pool owners only encounter small animals and insects that are attracted to their pools. In more suburban or rural areas, there are much larger animals sharing our neighbourhoods. When summer heats up, your swimming pool can lead to some wild encounters with the local animals. 

Canada is a large country with a lot of diverse ecology, and there are thousands of wild encounters in Canadian pools each year. But, this is also a global phenomenon. Check out some of these wild encounters people have had in their pools. 

Alligators love Florida’s swimming pools 

Alligators love water. In Florida, gators are even known to be found swimming in large puddles.  Locals know that they should be wary when they are near any body of water. For swimming pool owners, this can mean encounters with alligators in their own backyards, far more often than you might imagine. 

One unlucky family in Tampa Beach, Florida woke to find a 9-foot alligator in their pool one morning. With the help of a professional trapper, the family was able to get the alligator out of their pool. It is just lucky that no one chose to dive in when it was there. 

Alligators are local to Florida, so it is no surprise when they are spotted there. But many people also keep alligators as pets, and this has lead to encounters with baby alligators all around the world. Imagine how surprising it was when alligators were found swimming in pools in long island

Pool party for black bears

Black bears love to swim, especially during the hottest parts of the summer. Most often, black bears will be found wading in a local creek or lake. Like all animals, black bears will do what they need to do to cool down when the weather gets hot, and sometimes that means hopping into a residential swimming pool. 

Black bear sightings around swimming pools are surprisingly common in Canada and the United States. What is most adorable about black bear swims is that they are rarely a solo activity. Bears will often show up in pairs, or bring their cubs to enjoy the pool, almost like they’ve planned a party. 

A black bear sighting can be frightening, but black bears are some of the most tame and timid bears in North America. They are more likely to hide or run away from people than be aggressive. Most people who find black bears enjoying their pool have a great story to tell. Don’t worry it’s safe, as long as they keep their distance. 

Moose on the loose 

Even in places where moose are fairly common, people don’t often see them. Moose are naturally shy and solitary creatures who become very aggressive during mating season. This is why a family in Bedford, New Hampshire was shocked to find a moose in their swimming pool one afternoon. The moose seemed to have hopped in for a dip, and the family was happy to share their pool with a wild animal for the day. 

The family waited for a few hours for the moose to leave on its own before realizing he was unsure how to climb back out of the pool – and called for backup. With the help of some local animal experts and a rope, the moose was soon free and on its way. 

This encounter really shows how shockingly large moose are. This is one wild animal that Canadian pool owners should be very careful when encountering. 

Pool bandits

We all know racoons will steal garbage, but who knew they were after our lifestyle? Anyone who lives in an area with a large racoon population will spot them from time to time in the garbage or climbing trees. But, Racoons are also known to sneak into pools for an evening swim, especially if they have a few babies in tow. 

Though racoons live in trees, they love to be near water. Racoons actually wash all of their food before eating it, so they are very comfortable swimming and splashing around. Anyone who has ever lived in Toronto knows racoons can be extremely bold, and won’t be surprised that they feel entitled to enjoy swimming pools. 

Kangaroos like to beat the heat

In Australia, temperatures can reach extremes during the height of summer and in dry areas, water can become scarce. Though kangaroos usually prefer to stay away from people, they are known to breach boundaries when they find it necessary. With large populations and intense summers, this sometimes means that Aussie pool owners will encounter a kangaroo in their pool, swimming or having a drink. 

Kangaroos have long been known to enjoy a swim, but the phenomenon of kangaroos entering suburbs and swimming pools became much more common as wildfires raged through the region in 2020. Sympathetic Australians generally welcomed wildlife to shelter in place and cool off during this crisis. 

Unfortunately, kangaroos have bodies that are not designed to navigate a swimming pool. Oftentimes they have trouble getting out once they have hopped in. Their short arms and inability to jump as well in water mean they sometimes need the help of a water rescue to escape. 

Elephants love to swim 

Elephants love to swim. Much of an elephant’s social life and daily schedule is based around visiting water sources. They will often swim just for leisure. But, during a dry season, water sources become scarce, and elephants will get creative to find a drink. 

Because of their large size, it is unusual to find an elephant taking a swim in a human swimming pool. Instead, it is much more common to find elephants sneaking up to a pool for a drink – sometimes with their whole family in tow. Many people who find an elephant visiting their swimming pool will want the encounter to repeat. They will even leave small treats to encourage elephants to return. 

Understanding the wildlife around us

For every living being on the planet, water is an essential resource. A swimming pool offers you a cool oasis in the heat of the summer. It is no surprise that wild animals are often attracted to them. 

Encountering the wildlife all around us can be an incredible experience, but we should always make sure our pools are not too attractive to local wildlife for their own safety – and for ours. Whether you live in an urban, suburban or rural area, we encourage you to get to know your local wildlife. You can keep an eye out to protect wild animals and to keep your family safe in the swimming pool.