5-foot alligator rescued from vacant Detroit lot

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A 5-foot-long alligator that was abandoned on Detroit's east side has found a home -- at least temporarily.

WDIV-TV reports http://bit.ly/RL0Gsh that the reptile was tossed from a truck into a vacant lot Thursday night as Detroit's temperature was just above freezing.

Shontez Gibson told the television station that he and his uncle saw the animal being dumped in the field and rescued it. Gibson kept the alligator in his own room. A space heater was used to keep it warm as Gibson fed the animal fish.

The Michigan Humane Society took the alligator away Friday. It is being cared for at the Humane Society's facility in Rochester Hills, north of Detroit.

Detroit fields and lots often are used as illegal dumping grounds for trash and other refuse.

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