Baby alligator

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Long Island Family Finds Baby Alligator Swimming In Their Pool

July 23, 2019 - 3:58 pm

BAYPORT, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Officials are trying to figure out how a baby alligator found its way into a Long Island pool over the weekend.

A family in Bayport got quite the surprise when they discovered the 8-inch alligator taking a dip in their pool on Saturday. 

The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and New York State Department of Environment Conservation Police are now trying to determine where the hatchling came from.

"This is a hatchling so this is very, very young. So this is very recent. Is there a mother alligator out there? They can have as many as 20 so are there all of these other little alligators running around someplace? We don't know. Where is the mother?" SPCA Chief Roy Gross said. 

The hatchling will grow a foot year, reaching up to 12 feet long, Gross said.

It is illegal to possess alligators in New York. The SPCA says they are not indigenous to the area and would perish in the winter.

The baby alligator will be taken to a sanctuary where it will be taken care of for the rest of its life.

Anyone with information about where the alligator may have come from is asked to call Suffolk County SPCA (631) 382-7722 or the New York State Department of Environment Conservation at (631) 444-0250.