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.
We get requests and try to fulfill them. A picture of our new pet alligator. He/she will be safely removed. pic.twitter.com/qJvnShSUKw
— Atlantic City Police (@AtlanticCityPD) August 15, 2017
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.
Animal Control got an alligator out of the pool at the Bayview Inn & Suites in Atlantic City pic.twitter.com/couI5s8Qju
— John DeRosier (@ACPressDeRosier) August 15, 2017
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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.