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.

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

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

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.

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“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.”

Surprise: 6-foot alligator found in Kansas City hot tub

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.

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.

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

Six-foot alligator removed from hot tub at Kansas City home

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.

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

Video: RAW: 7-foot alligator removed from hot tub in Kansas City home

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

(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.

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

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

“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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