Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub

Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub
7-foot-long alligator among animals taken from Missouri home during eviction
When a Missouri sheriff’s deputy was planning to serve an eviction notice, he likely wasn’t expecting to find various animals — including an alligator — among the tenants at the home.

On Wednesday, the deputy attended the residence and on serving the notice, found a seven-foot, 200-pound alligator, three pythons, a rabbit and several “domesticated” animals, including cats at the Kansas City home, NBC-affiliate KSHB reports.

Sean Casey is the animals’ owner and says he considers them his pets, including Katfish the alligator.

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

“Sometimes, he gets kind of smelly, but he’s a big cuddly gator. He wags his tail when I come home,” he told KSHB. “I’ve had him since he was a baby and he was my pet. He’s my little buddy.”

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

He said he believes it was Katfish’s diet of chicken nuggets, steak, deer, fish and rats which got him to the current weight. According to Casey, he’s had Katfish for four years.

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Using a snare, animal control officers and Dana Savorelli with Monkey Island Rescue, were able to take him from the tub. It took four officers to remove the reptile using a blanket, take him outside and load him into a truck.

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.

“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.

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.

James Donovan, with KCMO Animal Control, said it was his second or third alligator call he’d received, but the first of this size and magnitude.

Katfish the gator is seen in a truck on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, after being removed from a Kansas City, Mo., home.

City crews arrived at the house in the 5500 block of Phelps Road just after 9 a.m. and began the wrangling process. They had to call a specialist from Greenwood to remove the 200-pound alligator from the house.

Six-foot alligator removed from Kansas City home during eviction

According to officials, the gator will have to stay at Monkey Island Rescue and he will not be able to get his friend back.

6-foot alligator, pythons removed from KCMO home

“He can reclaim the snakes and the rabbit but the alligator’s a prohibited animal here in Kansas City, Missouri,” Donovan said.

6-foot alligator, pythons removed from Kansas City home

“I’ve had him since he was itty-bitty,” Casey said. “He’s not a ferocious animal like people make him out to be. Anybody who’s met him would know.”

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