Baby Alligator Rescued in Desert Hot Springs

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. (KTLA) — A rare discovery today in Desert Hot Springs – a reptile that appears to be a young American alligator.

Animal rescuers responding to a call of a trapped animal, found the alligator wedged between two fences in the 66600 block of Estrella Avenue.

Officbaby-gatorer James Huffman of Riverside County Animal Services safely retrieved the 3-foot long alligator and it and transported it to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms.

Animal services spokesman John Welsh says the reptile “appears to be a juvenile American alligator,” which are illegal to keep as pets.

The alligator was found a few blocks from an elementary school.

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