Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub

Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub
6-foot alligator, pythons removed from KCMO home
This six-foot, 150-pound alligator named Catfish and three pythons were removed from a home in the 5500 block of Phelps Road in Kansas City, Missouri, after deputies went there to serve an eviction notice on Wednesday.

This six-foot, 150-pound alligator named Catfish and three pythons were removed from a home in the 5500 block of Phelps Road in Kansas City, Missouri, after deputies went there to serve an eviction notice on Wednesday.

A 6-foot-long, 150-pound alligator is seen Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. The alligator, named Catfish, was found in a hot tub by a landlord evicting a tenant in Kansas City, Mo. The tenant, Sean Casey, described the alligator, named Catfish, as "gentle as a puppy." The alligator was removed by animal control workers, and will be temporarily housed at the Monkey Island Rescue and Sanctuary in nearby Greenwood. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)

This six-foot, 150-pound alligator named Catfish and three pythons were removed from a home in the 5500 block of Phelps Road in Kansas City, Missouri, after deputies went there to serve an eviction notice on Wednesday.

The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as gentle as a puppy after animal control workers were called to the Kansas City home on Wednesday. The workers also found two boa constrictors and a rabbit.

A seven-foot, 200-pound alligator, three pythons, a rabbit and several “domesticated” animals, including cats, were found around 9 a.m. at a home in the 5500 block of Phelps Road in Kansas City, Missouri.

Catfish will be temporarily housed at the Monkey Island Rescue and Sanctuary in nearby Greenwood. The snakes and rabbit were taken to an animal shelter.

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The animals' owner, Sean Casey, considers them pets, including the alligator named Katfish. Casey told 41 Action News that he has had Katfish for four years.

"Sometimes he gets kind of smelly, but he’s a big cuddly gator. He wags his tail when I come home," Casey said.

Here’s some information from @KCMO’s John Baccala, spokesperson for Neighborhood & Housing Services. He says this is the first alligator call he’s been to in his 3 years on the job. @41actionnews pic.twitter.com/Sel6ThxXxw

(Newser) – A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub, per the AP. The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as "gentle as a puppy" after animal control workers were called to the Kansas City home on Wednesday. The workers also found two boa constrictors and a rabbit. The Kansas City Star reports a specialist removed the alligator, which was at least 6 feet long. No one was injured.

Kansas City Animal Control officers called Dana Savorelli with Monkey Island Rescue in Greenwood, Missouri, to help wrangle the alligator from a tub inside the home. 

"With the water, he was in about 18 inches deep, but he could get up and get out and cruise through the house. He had a ramp," Savorelli said.

"We put a snare pole around his neck and got them up to where I could get his mouth shut safely and he rolled a little bit which was good — let him roll as much as he can, wear him out," Savorelli said.

6-foot alligator removed from hot tub in Kansas City home

The alligator was taken to Monkey Island Rescue. Animal Control took the three snakes and the rabbit to KC Pet Project. 

"He can reclaim the snakes and the rabbit, but the alligators are a prohibited animal here in Kansas City, so he won’t be allowed to retrieve that animal," said James Donovan, a KCMO Animal Control special investigator.

The property owner immediately called city officials, said John Baccala, a spokesman for the citys Neighborhood and Housing Services department.

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Donovan said this was his second or third alligator call in 15 years, but "the first one of this magnitude and size."

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Casey told 41 Action News that when he first got the reptile, he kept it in an aquarium. But the gator quickly outgrew that space.

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Katfish's diet of chicken nuggets, steak, deer, fish and rats got him to his current weight of more than 200 pounds. 

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misspelled the alligator's name. Its name is Katfish, not Catfish. The story also described the reptile as 6 feet long. Officials later clarified that it is 7 feet long and weighs more than 200 pounds.

One uninvited guest was found sitting in the homes hot tub – a large alligator measuring almost two metres in length.

The tenant described the 68 kilogram reptile as gentle as a puppy after animal control workers were called to the property on Wednesday.

A specialist was called in to remove the alligator, The Kansas City Star reported. No one was injured.

The tenant, Sean Casey, said hed owned the alligator for four years and named it Catfish. He called the reptile a big cuddly lizard.

A spokesman for the citys Neighbourhood and Housing Services Department says Kansas City doesnt allow homeowners to have alligators.

Catfish will be temporarily housed at the Monkey Island Rescue and Sanctuary in nearby area, Greenwood. The snakes were taken to an animal shelter.