Crocodile caught wandering around California mall

In this photo taken Wednesday, April 9, 2014, and released by the Roseville Police Dept., animal control officer John Bennett carries away a 4-foot-long crocodile found at a shopping center in Roseville, Calif. Authorities in Northern California are probably having quite the “tail” or tale to tell after their unusual capture of a crocodile roaming through a shopping center. Police and animal control officers on Wednesday wrangled the crocodile with a catch pole typically used for dogs after the reptile escaped from a plastic box placed outside a reptile store in Roseville. (AP Photo/Roseville Police Dept., Laura Valdez)
In this photo taken Wednesday, April 9, 2014, and released by the Roseville Police Dept., animal control officer John Bennett carries away a 4-foot-long crocodile found at a shopping center in Roseville, Calif. Authorities in Northern California are probably having quite the “tail” or tale to tell after their unusual capture of a crocodile roaming through a shopping center. Police and animal control officers on Wednesday wrangled the crocodile with a catch pole typically used for dogs after the reptile escaped from a plastic box placed outside a reptile store in Roseville. (AP Photo/Roseville Police Dept., Laura Valdez)

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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