October 14, 2018 – It’s not every day 2 alligators are discovered in the landlocked state of Kansas in the same day, yet that happened this past week.
An alligator was discovered beneath a vehicle in Olathe on Monday, police announced on Facebook Thursday.
The same day the little gator was discovered in Olathe, a much bigger alligator – more than 4 feet long – was spotted in nearby Basehor in the middle of a road.
Eventually, officers learned the Basehor gator was a pet and had escaped from a neighbor’s property. It went home on its own after people left it alone.
Speaking to the Kansas City Star, Kasey Willis Lynch recalled seeing something scoot in front of her car while she went into a parking lot on Monday afternoon.
Lynch described the moment she discovered the scaly creature below another car.
“I found it under a car, so I took my cellphone to try and get a better look at it and thought it looked like an alligator,” she explained.
Lynch added, “After a minute of trying to figure out what lizard in Kansas looks like an alligator, I realized it might actually be an alligator.”
She told the paper she asked a resident for their take — someone who also thought it was an alligator — then, Lynch contacted animal control.
Olathe police said an animal control officer retrieved the reptile and “brought the gator back to the shelter, where he’s been hanging out this week.”
Authorities added, “The gator will be heading to a new home on Monday with a reptile rescue in Manhattan, as gators are not allowed to reside in Olathe.”
Lynch looked more closely and told the Kansas City Star she thinks the reptile was possibly a caiman instead.