ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Don’t shed any tears for a crocodile that was captured wandering outside a pet store at a Northern California shopping mall.
California Fish and Wildlife officials have taken custody of the croc, are feeding it rainbow trout and will likely donate it to a zoo.
Police say the crocodile was apparently left outside the Roseville store by someone who didn’t want it anymore.
The animal had grown to 4-feet long, and its jaws had been wrapped shut with heavy-duty tape. There was a note identifying it as a Nile crocodile and requesting someone “call rescue.”
Police say no one was hurt Wednesday when the animal was picked up with the help of a catch pole typically used to nab stray dogs.
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