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Gator removed from NoHo home

August 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 5-foot, 6-inch-long alligator seized from a North Hollywood home was on his way to a facility equipped for large reptiles, according to the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services. Ziggy the alligator is at least 5-years-old and is still growing. He spent the night at the animal shelter after police discovered him in a North Hollywood home.

"We dispatched an officer to the address and found a 5-foot, to 6-foot alligator in the house," said Kathy Davis, L.A. Animal Services.

Although he's been a house gator for the last few years animal control officials say Ziggy appears to be in very good shape.

"According to the owner he has had the alligator for five years. Obviously it came to him as a small alligator and has now certainly increased in size -- 5-foot, to 6-foot is a pretty large alligator," said Davis.

Ziggy's story is similar to the Southland's most famous alligator, Reggie.

Reggie was raised in a San Pedro home and he was dumped in a lake by his owner when he got too big.

He alluded capture for two years and now lives at the L.A. Zoo. Ziggy is also headed for a more appropriate home.

"Ziggy is not somebody I would like to live next door to. We certainly want to caution people that alligators and wild animals should be left in the wild. They should be left to the care of those people that are well trained and experienced to keep those kinds of animals," said Davis.

Ziggy is being taken in by a facility that has the proper permits and expertise to care for alligators.

 

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