Joplin couple find alligator in pothole

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Courtesy: Joplin Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — It’s usually polywogs or tadpoles one finds in rain-drenched potholes, but one family in Joplin, Mo., found something much more feisty.

According to the Joplin Globe, Steve Wiktorek and Sheila Burke fished out an alligator.

The couple returned home on Sunday and spotted something move in the puddle.

“When my fiance got out of the car, he startled it and it moved,” Burke told the Joplin Globe.

Using a broom and a rake the couple — with the help of Burke’s daughter — wrangled the 2-foot-long alligator out of the pothole.

The trio taped the gator’s mouth shut with electrical tape to keep it from biting and called animal control.

“I was holding it when [the animal control officer] pulled up, and he just kind of shook his head,” Burke said.

While it’s unclear where the gator came from, Dan Pekarek, director of the Joplin Health Department, said it’s likely the gator was a pet that escaped or its owner let it go.

Currently, the gator is under the care of the Humane Society while they research placement options.

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