Not all pets are cuddly.
Missouri resident said he was shocked when he noticed an alligator on his property , especially since alligators do not live in the area. Luckily, with some quick thinking, the animal was contained and no one was hurt.
Chris Suljack, of Wildwood, Missouri, spoke to Fox News and explained that he was mowing the lawn when he saw something in the creek on his property. (Chris Suljak)
Chris Suljack, of Wildwood, spoke to Fox News and explained that he was mowing the lawn when he saw something thing in the creek on his property. Although he recognizes it as an alligator tail, he initially struggled to make his family believe it.
ComSuljack explained to me, he's a bit of a joker. So when he screamed and his family asked what was wrong, they probably assumed he was playing a joke on them.
Suljack explained to Fox: " There is no alligator in Missouri. "
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The family gathered around the creek, and within minutes the alligator surfaced on the other side.
Suljack said he never had fought over an alligator before, but he knew enough not to try and fight it himself. He attached a dog leash to a lineman's pool that his father had brought and used it to grab the alligator by the neck.
An animal rescue officer eventually passed and the gator was transported to a nearby animal shelter. The alligator was 54 inches long and weighed around 50 pounds, Fox 2 reports.
Suljack says he later learned that the animal was in fact a pet owned by one of his neighbors. The alligator had apparently climbed a fence and escaped from its owner's property. He was at large for two weeks before being spotted. It has since been returned to its owner.
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In Missouri it is legal to own an alligator as a pet, provided it is not too big. GoodSuljack said that there had been no warning that the animal had become detached, he spoke with the owner and is satisfied that he is taking steps to prevent the alligator from breaking away. come off again. h-50 ad-w-300 ">