Alligator found in drain pipe in Tennessee

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Putnam County animal control officers say they get their fair share of unusual calls, though they didn't know what to make of one about an alligator in a Cookeville drain pipe.

Turns out, it was true.

Officer Chris Brown said when children in the neighborhood first heard a growling noise coming from the drain, they thought it was a dog.

But when officials arrived on the scene, they discovered an alligator at least two-feet long.

Brown believes someone had the gator for a pet, then turned it loose.

He said the alligator was handed over to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which had to put it down due to the cost of trying to return it to a natural habitat.


(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Rick Location: Knox on Jun 23, 2008 at 09:05 AM
    There are plenty of gators; we don't need another one. Why call TWRA anyway, I would have shot it myself.
  • by william Location: Oak Ridge, TN on Jun 22, 2008 at 04:19 PM
    Typical TWRA. They prefer to take life than leave it alone. They killed a house raised bobcat in northeast Tennessee. It was stupid. There are lot of organizations that would have been glad to help with the gator. Rule number one should be to do no harm. TWRA rule is to kill and forget.
  • by animal lover Location: knoxville on Jun 20, 2008 at 09:35 PM
    the least they could have done was try to find someone to foster it until they could have found a better option for the gator. we should let the gator find them and see what option he chooses...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2008 at 02:01 PM
    We waste money on everything else so why not waste it on returning the gator back to his habitat....sad.


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