A large pet alligator was found in a Kansas City hot tub while a former tenant was being evicted.
Exotic pets can be cool, but they’re often more trouble than they’re worth. Feeding an alligator, for example, would require a lot of raw meat that can get very expensive over time, plus there’s the whole housing situation to consider. And alligators cannot be housebroken, so expect some pretty large messes to deal with.
Oh, and they’re usually illegal to keep as pets.
One landlord found out his former tenant was keeping a pet alligator in the hot tub when the owner went to evict him. At 200 lbs and 7 feet long, the enormous reptile gave the landlord such a surprise that he immediately called Kansas City animal control.
However, the city’s animal control is equipped to deal with the occasional large dog or stray raccoon, not a fully grown alligator. They had to call in a specialist in order to get the gator out of the hot tub, where presumably the gator had been enjoying a delightfully warm bath.
In a video from the Kansas City Star, you can see the specialist put a loop around the gator's neck which then caused the reptile to start thrashing and spinning to try to escape. This went on for 2 minutes before the big gator finally tuckered out enough for a second lasso to be put around its mouth.
Eventually the alligator was able to be dragged from the hot tub and placed in a cage.
Sean Casey, the former tenant, told officials that the animal’s name is Catfish and that he is a "big cuddly lizard” and “gentle as a puppy”. Kansas City Star reporters did not ask exactly what this statement meant.
Along with the gator, animal control found 2 boa constrictors and a rabbit. Those animals were taken to Kansas City Pet Project animal shelter, while Catfish was taken to the Monkey Island Rescue and Sanctuary in nearby Greenwood.
A spokesperson for the Neighborhood and Housing Services department of Kansas City pointed out that alligators cannot be kept as pets.