Wayward alligator discovered in Atlantic City motel pool

 Image courtesy of the Atlantic City Police Department.

Image courtesy of the Atlantic City Police Department.

Crews have safely removed a 3-foot alligator that was found in a swimming pool at a motel at the Jersey Shore.

The wayward alligator was discovered Tuesday at the Bayview Inn & Suites in Atlantic City.


The Press of Atlantic City reported that law enforcement officers discovered the alligator during a raid at the motel.

Authorities say it’s not clear where the alligator came from, how it got in the pool or how long it had been there. But they note the motel is a short distance from the Lakes Bay nature preserve.

Animal control workers safely lifted the alligator from the pool around 10 a.m. It was taken to an undisclosed site.

In 2016, two alligators were removed from a lake in Ocean County’s Jackson in separate incidents. Police said they suspected that someone had the animal as a pet and released it into the lake after it grew.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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