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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Alligator captured in Allentown PA - Talk About Global Warming

From The Morning Call - our old hometown paper in Tamaqua PA

Allentown police and animal control officers captured a 5 1/2 - to 6- foot-long alligator that had been sunning itself on a bank of the Jordan Creek in Allentown.

The alligator, which suffered two minor lacerations during the capture, will be taken to a reptile farm by reptile enthusiast Gary Lee of Emmaus.

No one was injured during the capture. Allentown Police Captain Stephen Mould said police were called by a passerby who saw the alligator on a bank of the creek inside Jordan Park at 12:30 p.m.

The gator appears to be 10 to 15 years old, Lee said. It could have grown to be about 14 feet long, he said. It appeared docile and possibly did not pose a threat to anyone, Lee said.

Mould said one officer stood ready with a shotgun, but essentially officers used tactics they've seen on Discovery Channel.

"In 20 years with the department, I thought I saw it all," Mould said. "Until today."

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