Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub.
The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as "gentle as a puppy" after animal control workers were called to the Kansas City home on Wednesday. The workers also found two boa constrictors and a rabbit.
The Kansas City Star reports a specialist removed the alligator, which was at least 6 feet long. No one was injured.
The tenant, Sean Casey, said he'd owned the alligator for four years and named it Catfish. He called the reptile "a big cuddly lizard."
A spokesman for the city's Neighborhood and Housing Services Department says Kansas City doesn't allow homeowners to have alligators.
Catfish will be temporarily housed at the Monkey Island Rescue and Sanctuary in nearby Greenwood. The snakes and rabbit were taken to an animal shelter.
Police capture 'unruly' and 'uncooperative' runaway pig
PALMYRA, Maine — Maine State Police say they helped corral a rather "unruly' pig on the run along Interstate 95.
State police say in a Facebook post they were alerted to the "uncooperative" pig along the interstate in Palmyra on Wednesday.
Police say the pig was spotted several times over the past week, but had managed to elude capture.
Authorities say Cpt. Rick Moody and Trooper Jeremy Caron moved the pig off the highway with the help of a town animal control officer.
When asked if police read the pig its Miranda rights, police jokingly responded "he waived the right to remain silent."
No injuries were reported.
Stranded camel entertains motorists along snowy roadway
PHILADELPHIA — The surprisingly powerful winter storm that swept across Pennsylvania brought some surprising sights with it, including a camel stranded along a snowy roadway.
Motorists traveling about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Philadelphia started tweeting about the camel and posted video on social media.
An organization called Jewish Philly says it was their camel named Einstein. He was on his way to the group's event at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center when the vehicle he was traveling in got stuck.
Jewish Philly later tweeted Einstein's handler decided it was best for the camel to head home after his snow adventures, so he returned to Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo.
Animal control officers, nearby helpers catch loose chicken
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine animal control officer had been on a mission to find a loose chicken when he decided to whack a few branches, exposing a black fowl lurking below.
The Kennebec Journal reports that Paul Frye on Thursday solicited the help of another officer and two nearby citizens to wrangle the bird, saying it took four people to not "look stupid doing it."
The bird was captured and is being cared for at Officer Brad Chase's home. Police say it had been roaming the area for weeks. They're not sure who it belongs to.
Frye says the department has received more calls about loose chickens in recent years because more people are raising birds at home farms. Chase had to catch another chicken in March.
Runaway elephant returned to upstate New York sanctuary
WESTTOWN, N.Y. — An elephant that was burned by napalm during the Vietnam War has been returned to an upstate New York animal sanctuary after taking a late-night stroll.
State police say they went to the Sanctuary for Animals in Westtown on Sunday night when they got a call about a wandering elephant.
Amanda Brook, whose family owns the sanctuary, tells the Times Herald-Record that the 46-year-old Asian elephant named Fritha has lived at the sanctuary most of her life. She wandered off after a worker forgot to turn on an electric fence that keeps her in her designated space at night.
Her owners and troopers found her nearby and escorted her back home.
The sanctuary also runs Dawn Animal Agency, which provides animals for movies, commercials and talk shows.
Wildlife officials seize mountain lion kitten fed bratwurst
WALSENBURG, Colo. — Wildlife officials who seized a mountain lion kitten from a southern Colorado home say the feline fell ill after the residents fed it bratwurst.
Travis Sauder with Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the kitten appeared to be in good health otherwise and was sent to a wildlife rehabilitation center Tuesday.
The Walsenburg residents posted photos on social media Monday showing the kitten in a cage and describing how they found it in a snowbank after a snowplow passed by. They also said they were allowing it to "thaw out."
Sauder says residents should leave wildlife alone and that mountain lions can handle cold weather.
The kitten, which is only a few months old, was kept too long to be returned to the area to be reunited with its mother.