Alligator rescued from storm water pipe

Alligator rescued from storm water pipe

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MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials removed an alligator from a storm water pipe in a Merritt Island neighborhood on Tuesday.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission used plastic piping to force the gator to back through the pipe.  They captured the gator and relocated him to a St. Johns River marsh.

The gator had been stuck behind the grated end of the pipe since December and had been hissing and snapping at passersby.

This is the second incident of a alligator in distress in just the last week.  On Friday, law enforcement officers and residents in the town of Seminole helped free a gator that got its snout stuck in a roadside drain.

A concerned citizen contacted the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. When deputies arrived they found the 8-foot gator had slipped entirely into the drain.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trapper, deputies and onlookers helped pull the alligator out.   Wildlife officials transported the animal to a gator farm near Dover.

The state agency's nuisance alligator program received 14,275 calls in 2011 and 6,995 gators were removed.




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