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750-pound al­li­ga­tor prompts calls to po­lice

FORT LAUD­ERDALE, Fla. – A huge al­li­ga­tor es­ti­mated to weigh about 750 pounds was re­moved from Jupiter Com­merce Park and re­lo­cated to a safe area.

Jupiter Po­lice re­sponded to a call about a large gator in the area Thurs­day morn­ing.

“Some­times the al­li­ga­tors are gone, or they’re be­hind or on the op­po­site side of the park some­where,” Jupiter Po­lice Of­fi­cer O’Neal An­der­son told the Palm Beach Post. “But this one was in reach of the gen­eral pub­lic. So they con­tacted (Fish and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion).”

When of­fi­cers ar­rived, they found an al­li­ga­tor they es­ti­mated to be “al­most 12 feet long,” ac­cord­ing to the de­part­ment’s Face­book page, where pho­tos of the reptile have been shared more than 800 times.

“Holy Cow! No I meant al­li­ga­tor,” wrote one user.

The pho­tos fea­ture of­fi­cers wran­gling with the gator and pos­ing with it.

Po­lice say the gator was re­lo­cated to a safe area.

The av­er­age size of a male al­li­ga­tor is about 11.2 feet long and they can weigh as much as 1,000 pounds, ac­cord­ing to the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Zoo & Con­ser­va­tion Bi­ol­ogy In­sti­tute. The av­er­age size of an adult fe­male gator is about 8.2 feet long.

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