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Alligator Captured in Joplin

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Humane society workers in Joplin are keeping their fingers free of one particular animal in their care right now.  A two foot gator was found hiding in some mud in an alley.  The homeowner called Joplin's humane society.

It's now being housed in the humane society's garage, which is away from pets and anyone who might think this reptile is up for adoption.  The woman who found the gator says she's glad no pets or humans were hurt.

"The dog catcher, he was all excited!  He said that was the first alligator call he'd been on here," says Sheila Ray.

Joplin Humane Society worker Lysa Boston says residents aren't allowed to keep alligators as pets.  "You would have to have all kinds of permits.  I think that you have to be a zoo or rescue, to legally own one," says Boston.

City officials had not determined whether this was a crocodile or alligator.  But the director of the Dickerson Zoo in Springfield, Missouri says this is a young American Alligator.  

The humane society's veterinarian is trying to find a new home for it.  In the meantime, the animal is being fed once a day with chicken, hamburger, or hot dogs.

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