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Title: Alligator returned to zoo after woman stole it and raised it as a pet for 20 years
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Published: Mar 7, 2023
Author: Isabel Keane
Post Date: 2023-04-07 19:00:38 by BTP Holdings
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Alligator returned to zoo after woman stole it and raised it as a pet for 20 years

By Isabel Keane

March 7, 2023 12:45pm Updated

See you later, alligator!

An eight-foot alligator taken from a Texas zoo 20 years ago by a volunteer who raised it as a pet has been returned to the zoo, officials said.

Texas Parks and Wildlife officials discovered the massive gator at a home in Buda, south of Austin, while investigating another case nearby.

The woman who stole the alligator had been a volunteer at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo in New Braunfels over two decades ago the zoo said in a video posted Friday.

Investigators believe the woman, who kept the alligator in her backyard as a “pet,” either stole an alligator egg or hatchling.

“Alligators will have a nest of 50, 60 eggs at a time. So it would have been very easy for someone to take an egg or a hatchling home just kind of without anyone noticing,” Jarrod Forthman, the director of Animal World & Snake Farm told KSAT.

Game Wardens said the alligator was healthy and well cared for but had outgrown the woman’s backyard.

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#1. To: All (#0) (Edited)

Has anyone ever eaten gator tail? I have and it is yummy. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2023-04-07   19:01:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: BTP Holdings (#1) (Edited)

Had one as a pet. 60 Years ago you could buy one for a Dollar at Tourist Traps along Route 66. Took him out to play, one Hot day in the Texas Panhandle. Forgot and left him in my red wagon...................

Ricky  posted on  2023-04-08   2:42:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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StraitGate  posted on  2023-04-08   8:00:57 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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