Monday August 27, 2012

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- It turns out that the "canaligator" is more than just a mascot for the Lowell Spinners minor league baseball team.

A Lowell man and his twin 7-year-old daughters spotted a real alligator swimming in a Lowell canal on Saturday night.

Calvin Thomas said he called police, who at first thought he was joking.

The Sun of Lowell (http://bit.ly/QmeLdp ) reports that Animal Control Officer Robert Pickard caught the roughly two-foot long juvenile reptile with a net and put it in a cage for safety. The alligator appeared to be unharmed.

The little gator was turned over to a tropical animal expert in Beverly.

It's unclear how the alligator got into the canal, but authorities think it was a pet that was let loose when it got too big.


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