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Alligator taken from Hochatown rescue center

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Posted at 9:49 AM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 11:48:00-04

HOCHATOWN, Okla. — Game Wardens in Hochatown say an American Alligator was taken from an outdoor enclosure in the early morning hours on Saturday.

The alligator, known as "Petrie," had been a resident of the Hochatown Petting Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center since it was left at the center's doorstep three years ago.

Authorities say the alligator has a lower jaw malformation and is easily recognizable. Authorities said the alligator had recently shown the ability to catch fish and eat insects on its own, and was being scheduled for a release back intot the wild.

At about 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, the operator of the center reported hearing two people outside. After a check of the grounds, she found the alligator was missing.

The alligator is three feet long and possession of it is against the law.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the alligator is asked to contact State Game Warden Mark Hannah at 580-513-4651 or Operation Game Thief at 1-800-522-8039.

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