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Alligator captured from Plymouth, Indiana pond

PHOTO CREDIT: BRANDON CRAWFORD

An alligator that made itself at home in a Plymouth pond has been captured.

WSBT 22 spoke to Brandon Crawford of Goshen, who, along with another man, helped capture the gator around 3 a.m. Wednesday

Crawford says he is originally from the south and used to catch alligators on a regular basis.

Crawford says he used a frog to lure the gator to the shore.

The men then called police, who sent out someone to pick up the reptile.

No one was hurt.

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Families in a Plymouth subdivision can barely believe their eyes. They discovered they had a new neighbor – an alligator – in their pond.

Indiana is not known for alligators in the wild. With our winters, alligators would not survive in our region.

When the family called authorities, they didn't believe them. But sure enough, WSBT 22 set up a camera and within 10 minutes the alligator neighbors nicknamed “Ali” showed up.

This used to be a subdivision pond where people fished and had fun, but now they're there just to see the gator.

“Last night I got a phone call from my daughter and son-in-law who live in this house here in Plymouth,” said Kevin Hines. “And she said ‘Dad, there is an alligator in the pond behind our house.’ I didn’t believe it. She sent a grainy little video of it and yes sure enough it was definitely a swimming reptile about 3 feet long.”

Teen boys saw the alligator a few days ago when they were fishing. It tried to eat their bait.

“I thought this is not possible,” said Hines. “They couldn’t survive through the winter. But probably somebody has abandoned it as a pet that got too big.”

Dr. Betsy Culp with Seven Oaks veterinary Clinic says the alligator was probably released by its former owner. She says owning alligators as pets is not a good idea.

“Number one, we don’t have the proper nutrition for them,” she said. “They actually do have specific nutritional requirements. Number two, they are unpredictable animals. They are wild animals and overall – once they get bigger they become more challenging to handle. They can become very dangerous.”

Culp says people should stay away from that area until the alligator is caught.

“Don’t try and get close to it. Don’t try to feed it and just be very safe.”

A local couple who has a special license to care for exotic animals is trying to catch the alligator. They plan on finding it a home at a zoo.

DNR says if they came to remove the alligator then they would have to kill it.

In the state of Indiana you can own an alligator as a pet as long as it's less than 5 feet.

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