Alligator found in Wisconsin lake by children, officials say

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The American alligator was rescued from a lake in Wisconsin, officials said. An exotic animal rescue will temporarily guard the alligator while searching for the owner.

Screenshot from Fox11 video

An alligator in Wisconsin? Apparently yes.

Children playing near a lake in northeastern Wisconsin spotted something in the water, reported Fox11. When wildlife officials arrived, they caught a small American alligator.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources took the nearly two foot alligator in a temporary home at the J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue in Menasha, the rescue agency posted on Facebook.

American alligators live wild in the southern United States, from North Carolina to the Rio Grande.

John Moyles of J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue told Fox11 the alligator either escaped from its owner while being kept in an outdoor habitat or the owner released the alligator into the wild.

“Although (alligators) make great pets, they don’t make great pets for everyone,” Moyles told FDL Reporter.

The rescue center will keep the alligator for a week, they said in the post. If no one claims it, they will try to move it to a wildlife sanctuary.

Authorities found the alligator in Long Lake, about 120 miles north of Green Bay, on July 1. The alligator arrived at the rescue center on July 6, the rescue center posted on Facebook.

Aspen Pflughoeft covers real-time news for McClatchy. She graduated from Minerva University where she studied communications, history and international politics. Previously, she reported for Deseret News.