Alligators are aplenty successful nan United States.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of nan Interior estimate location are 3 to 4 cardinal "non-hatchling" alligators surviving successful wetlands passim nan southeast — areas that see Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
As alligators look habitat loss from wetland drainage and development, encounters pinch humans are virtually unavoidable.
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Add reptile exhibitions, varying pet ownership laws, trapping programs and water-based recreation — and alligator encounters, galore of them astonishing and strange, look to beryllium connected nan rise.
Here’s a speedy look astatine immoderate of nan weirdest alligator encounters that person occurred successful caller years, according to headlines and reports.
Law enforcement agencies passim nan state person responded to unusual alligator calls and encounters. (Monmouth County SPCA / Anderson Police Department / Midland County Sheriff’s Office)
You person to publication these (and spot nan photos) to judge them!
Alligator abandoned successful New Jersey leads to bad news for ‘good Samaritan’ tipster
A man abandoned a three-foot juvenile alligator successful a achromatic retention container, which he near successful an quiet batch adjacent to his New Jersey location aft his parents forbid him from keeping nan animal.
Now he and his parents are facing charges for falsifying a constabulary report, according to nan Monmouth County Society for nan Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MCSPCA).
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The alligator was near successful below-freezing temperatures, connected Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, successful Neptune, New Jersey.
That led animal information authorities to a hunt for nan personification aliases persons responsible.
A three-foot-long alligator was precocious recovered successful a retention instrumentality that was near successful an quiet batch successful Neptune, New Jersey. (Monmouth County SPCA)
The MCSPCA reports that nan New Jersey Department of Fish & Wildlife will person regulatory charges brought connected nan man’s friend — nan 1 who obtained nan alligator from a reptile expo successful Pennsylvania — for violating New Jersey’s prohibition connected keeping dangerous exotic type arsenic a pet.
Three-legged alligator successful Florida goes viral
A three-legged alligator crossing a roadworthy successful Fort Myers, Florida, amazed a TikTok personification who was connected her measurement to an indoor play venue successful August 2022.
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Amanda Demuth, a resident of Cape Coral, Florida, told Fox News Digital she wasn’t shocked to spot a gator extracurricular — but she hadn’t expected to spot 1 missing a limb, either.
The video Demuth recorded and shared connected TikTok has been viewed much than 3.4 cardinal times.
Commenters connected TikTok expressed their sympathies and good wishes for nan three-legged gator.
American man reportedly tried to carrier an albino alligator from Germany to Singapore
An unnamed 42-year-old American man was reportedly stopped astatine a German airdrome aft authorities detected a three-foot-long alligator successful his luggage successful September 2022.
German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that information checkpoint officials astatine nan Munich Airport recovered a unrecorded albino alligator from nan man’s suitcase, which had been duct-taped and wrapped successful plastic, according to photos released by nan airport.
The man’s level summons was bound for Singapore.
German authorities person not confirmed whether nan man’s different and vulnerable carrier method of nan alligator was an animal-smuggling attempt, according to The Straits Times, an English-language Singaporean newspaper.
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The news outlet reported that uncommon animals fetch high prices in Singapore’s forbidden animal trade.
Alligator recovered successful California man’s car confiscated aft arrest
Police officers successful California recovered a mini alligator successful a man’s car during a postulation stop connected Feb. 8, 2022.
The Anderson Police Department announced its officers stopped nan man complete a study they received astir a suspected DUI.
The man was arrested for having an unfastened warrant successful Lassen County for a probation violation. He reportedly notified constabulary during nan apprehension astir nan live alligator successful his vehicle.
Officers pinch nan Anderson Police Department successful California responded to reports of a imaginable drunk driver successful February 2022. This is what they found. (Anderson Police Department)
The man claimed he was caring for nan gator connected behalf of a friend.
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State animal power officers and a crippled prison guard from nan California Department of Fish and Wildlife took possession of nan alligator.
Criminal charges were brought against nan driver for unlawful possession of an alligator.
Male alligator enters Florida woman’s home, makes a mess
A female from Clearwater, Florida, was startled erstwhile a ample male alligator collapsed through her floor-to-ceiling room model connected May 31, 2019, astatine astir 3:30 a.m., according to FOX 13 Tampa Bay and FOX 35 Orlando.
The alligator, which reportedly measured betwixt 10 and 11 feet, thrashed astir nan woman’s condo, knocking down furnishings and damaging walls.
The Clearwater Police Department and a master alligator trapper captured and removed nan alligator. No injuries were reported.
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However, nan woman’s homeowner's insurance institution denied her declare for repairs, which led locals to donate costs to screen nan unexpected damages, according to FOX 13 Tampa Bay.
Emotional support alligator successful Pennsylvania was successful nan moving for ‘America’s Favorite Pet’
In 2022, an affectional support alligator from Pennsylvania was successful nan moving for "America’s Favorite Pet" pinch nan America's Favorite Pet: Animal Kingdom competition, a voter-based fame contest.
WallyGator, a 7-year-old reptile, which hails from nan City of York, was a apical contestant successful his class during nan competition’s first information successful August 2022.
WallyGator, a 7-year-old affectional support alligator from Pennsylvania, has been helping his proprietor Joie Henney woody pinch his crab diagnosis. (@wallythealligator courtesy nan Henney family)
WallyGator’s contestant floor plan indicated nan alligator reportedly offers affectional support for proprietor Joie Henney, who's been diagnosed pinch cancer.
The animal that went connected to triumph America's Favorite Pet: Animal Kingdom was a 10-year-old capuchin monkey named Gaitlyn Rae.
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Winning nan title earned Gaitlyn Rae a $10,000 prize and a two-page dispersed successful nan pages of InTouch Magazine.
Florida fisherman is chased by an 11-foot alligator successful Everglades
A man who went tarpon sportfishing successful nan Everglades connected May 8, 2021, was concisely chased by an alligator, and he shared nan video he recorded of nan adjacent encounter.
Tommy Lee, the fisherman, estimated nan alligator was astir 11 feet successful length.
The viral video shows that Lee tried to region himself and scare nan alligator distant pinch noises, but nan reptile followed him earlier it returned to a assemblage of h2o nearby.
In a connection Lee provided to Viral Hog, a video contented distributor, he wrote that he believes nan alligator sewage wrong 10 feet of him connected nan forested way wherever he fled.
Suspected pet alligator recovered nether a car successful Texas
An alligator was recovered from a mobile location parkland successful West Texas connected May 29, 2022, according to nan Midland County Sheriff’s Office.
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The reptile was recovered hiding nether a car by nan clip rule enforcement arrived astatine nan Airline Mobile Home and RV Park successful Midland, Texas, pursuing a citizen's tip.
An American alligator was recovered nether someone’s car successful nan godforsaken of West Texas earlier this week. Alligators unrecorded adjacent freshwater rivers, marshes aliases swamps. (Midland County Sheriff’s Office)
Social media posts shared by nan Midland County Sheriff’s Office said nan rule enforcement agency suspected nan alligator could beryllium a pet.
"We’re hoping a imaginable proprietor calls to declare our friend that’s evidently mislaid successful nan desert," nan sheriff’s agency wrote astatine nan time.
Two alligators are stolen from Pennsylvania pet store
Two alligators were stolen from a pet store successful Indiana County, Pennsylvania, successful August 2020.
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A six-foot female alligator and a four-foot antheral alligator were reportedly taken from an enclosure astatine Pearce’s Pet Place successful White Township, according to nan Associated Press.
The proprietor of nan pet shop suspected nan theft happened sometime betwixt 10 p.m. connected Aug. 8 and 12 p.m. connected Aug. 9.
A antheral and female alligator were stolen from a Pennsylvania pet shop successful August 2020. (iStock)
The shop proprietor claimed 12 screws were removed from nan alligator enclosure, arsenic Fox News Digital antecedently reported.
Pennsylvania State Police said they were actively investigating nan theft astatine nan time.
Alligator participates successful Florida family’s gender reveal
A Florida family made headlines successful 2019 erstwhile they included their pet alligator successful their balloon-popping gender reveal moment.
Stacie Childs-Wright and her hubby Chad Wright of Pasco County invited their pet alligator Amos to pop a achromatic balloon pinch his mouth.
The mates reportedly adopted Amos successful 2000; Wright was a nuisance wildlife trapper pinch nan Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission astatine nan clip of nan gender reveal, according to FOX 13 Tampa Bay.
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The gender uncover was documented connected video and shows nan mates was owed to invited a babe girl, based connected nan pinkish powder that dispersed aft Amos chomped connected nan balloon.
Cortney Moore is an subordinate manner writer connected nan Lifestyle squad astatine Fox News Digital.