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Rare albino alligator dies at South Carolina Aquarium

Jul. 19, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An extremely rare albino alligator that lived at the South Carolina Aquarium has died. The aquarium posted on its Facebook page that the 22-year-old alligator named Alabaster had passed away Friday morning. He had lived at the aquarium in Charleston since 2009. South Carolina...

Pittsburgh marks its 4th alligator sighting since May

Jul. 19, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A baby alligator was found far from the tropics in the parking lot of a grocery store outside Pittsburgh on Friday morning, the fourth alligator discovered near the city since May. An employee found the 2-foot-long (60-centimeter-long) creature near a garbage can at the Giant Eagle...

Police: Don't flush drugs; you might make a 'meth-gator'

Jul. 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

LORETTO, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee have asked residents not to toss drugs down the toilet, saying it could create "meth-gators" and stoned waterfowl. Loretto Police Department issued the Facebook warning "on a more or less serious note" after arresting a man accused of trying to flush...

Florida expert captures elusive alligator at Chicago lagoon

Jul. 16, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The alligator had a good run as day after day the people hunting for him in a Chicago lagoon came up empty, but in the end he was no match for an expert the city shipped in from Florida. The male gator, nicknamed 'Chance the Snapper,' was first spotted in the Humboldt Park lagoon about a...

The Latest: Expert captures alligator at Chicago lagoon

Jul. 16, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on alligator captured in a lagoon in a Chicago public park (all times local): 10:50 a.m. An alligator that eluded Chicago authorities for a week has met with the media after an expert from Florida captured it using a fishing pole in a public lagoon. On Tuesday morning, about eight...

75-year-old Florida man kicks alligator, saves dog

Jul. 13, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — A 75-year-old Florida man says he kicked an alligator in the snout after it attacked his dog. Buddy Ackerman says the 8-foot (2.44-meter) gator came from a retention pond near his Palm Harbor condominium earlier this week and grabbed the dog while they were out for an early morning...

Chicago police investigators confirm alligator in lagoon

Jul. 10, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigators have cracked the case: A 4-5 foot alligator is living in a lagoon at one of the city's most popular parks. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Tuesday that investigators went to Humboldt Park Lagoon on the city's West Side and confirmed that the...

Owner of escaped alligator facing neglect, cruelty counts

Jul. 3, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The owner of an alligator that escaped from a Pittsburgh home last month is facing charges stemming from the discovery of numerous animals at the residence. Police filed 33 counts of neglect against Mark McGowan on Tuesday, along with single counts of animal cruelty and recklessly...

South Carolina man found in pond wasn't killed by alligator

Jun. 26, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a man found dead in a pond with alligator bites did not die in a gator attack. News outlets are reporting that an autopsy completed Tuesday on 79-year-old John Elias shows he died of natural causes on Saturday before being bitten by the...

Exotic animals removed from home where alligator escaped

Jun. 12, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities have seized more than 30 animals — many of them exotic — from a Pittsburgh home where a 5-foot (1.52-meter)-long alligator escaped last week. Among the 32 animals removed Tuesday were three more alligators, including one with a neck injury; three snakes,...