Sur­prise: Large al­li­ga­tor found in Kansas City hot tub

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - OBITUARIES - In­for­ma­tion from: The Kansas City Star, http:// www.kc­star.com

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.

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