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Alligator caught in Pittsburgh park after trying to hide from officers

An alligator was captured after it was seen in a park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(Pittsburgh, The Public Safety Department)

That is not something you tend to be in Pittsburgh.

A family who was fishing near the River Monongahela, a very surprising discovery on Saturday: They saw an alligator sunning itself on the riverside trail and immediately call 911 to report it.

The gator, which weighed 10 pounds and was about 3 metres long, tried to hide from officers, under a fallen tree, making it difficult for them to use catch poles and a pair of pliers to grab it, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Animal Care and Control.

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Eventually, officers dug in the ground to create an opening and captured the alligator by hand about an hour after 911 was called.

They used a nylon strip, binding the gator’s mouth and placed it in a chest.

According to the officers on the scene, the alligator was probably a pet that someone released into the wild.

It was also apparently a bit overweight, which led officers to suspect that the alligator was eating well by the banks of the Monongahela.

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The alligator, who was not injured and appeared healthy, will reportedly stay at Humane Animal Rescue to a shelter or refuge is established for the move.

Alligators require a warm climate and would probably not survive a cold Pennsylvania winter.

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