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Deputies In Washington State Rescue Large Alligator Found Living In Shipping Container With A Man

Published: October 27, 2022 at 01:47 PM Author: Penny Eims



Lakebay, Washington – Deputies in Pierce County encountered an unusual situation last week when they were called out to capture a nearly 7-foot-long alligator who was living in a shipping container with a man.

The sheriff’s office shared the strange situation via social media on Wednesday, explaining that the animal control agency had received a complaint alleging that someone was living on property in Lakebay with an alligator. The agency described the situation officers were met with, writing:

On 10-20-2022, animal control visited the property and saw the alligator which was being stored in a small tub inside of a shipping container. Also in the container was a very sick calf (baby cow) and a mattress for the 32 year old owner to sleep in the container with the animals.

Sgt Darren Moss Jr. PCSO Public Information Officer added:

“The back half was a little living room and mattress on ground where the man was sleeping and it was free access for the gator to come in and out of the tub next to the man.”

A day later, officers returned to the property with a search warrant in order to check on the calf and seize the alligator, dubbed Al by the authorities. But the calf, and the man, were gone. The department explains:

The calf and the owner were gone, but “Al” the alligator was still home.
Animal Control did the hard job of getting Al out of his tub and holding him down. A deputy assisted with taping the mouth closed (that’s a big NOPE).

The mission was a success. Al was transported to the Tacoma Humane Society where a wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary met with them to take custody of the gator.

Friendly reminder for the curious, alligators are illegal to own in the state of Washington!

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Syl
Syl
1 month ago

The calf should have gone to sanctuary, too.

Kate
Kate
1 month ago
Reply to  Syl

The calf was not there when they returned. S/he certainly should not be with the man as s/he was sick and must be miserable.

Kate
Kate
1 month ago

Alligators do not belong in shipping containers nor do they belong in Washington. I wish he had left the calf as well because that poor little one must be miserable being in the poor state s/he was.

ABS314
ABS314
1 month ago

They need to find that sick calf and get it to help, and they need to find that man and get him a psych test.

KitKat
KitKat
1 month ago

Oh hell no. I’m not living anywhere near and/or with an alligator. No thank you very much. I am very concerned for the welfare of that calf. That man has a voice, he has options, that calf does not and is at the mercy of this person.

Edwin
Edwin
1 month ago

this is not a “cute” :funny” story, clearly we have a mentally unwell person and two abused animals, Nothing cute about this.

Tracey
Tracey
29 days ago
Reply to  Edwin

Nowhere in this article does it state that it’s a “cute” story. I bet you were probably directed here from one of those “Dodo”-like sites, weren’t you?

Diane
Diane
1 month ago

What the hell is wrong with people????? Leave these wild animals alone and let them live in peace in their own environment! Take these idiot people and lock them in cages in a zoo somewhere. Wild animals do not belong in captivity!

Deb
Deb
29 days ago

Hate to say it but it’s possible the calf was intended to be food for the alligator. Hope they find that baby safe and prosecute the idiot.

Edy
Edy
29 days ago
Reply to  Deb

That was what I was concerned about also. Poor calf

Laurie K Fuller
Laurie K Fuller
29 days ago

all i can say is WTF

Julia Toomey
Julia Toomey
29 days ago

I hope they found the sick calf and the sick man who also needs help.

Tucker Thomas Thomas
Tucker Thomas Thomas
29 days ago

FIND THE CALF BEFORE ITS TO LATE! HE IS SUFFERING AND IN PAIN!

Erika
Erika
29 days ago

OMGoodness please find the sick calf and rescue it!!!

Jane
Jane
28 days ago
Reply to  Erika

Thank goodness the alligator is being helped. But the poor calf, being dragged around at the mercy of this obviously disturbed individual, like an object, when he or she will be craving their mother and herd. He obviously stole it. Where animal abuse is concerned, officers should have the power to act IMMEDIATELY. The calf was sick, the alligator was there illegally. Leaving the guy there with them until the next day was ridiculous. Laws need to change to stop the suffering of those beings who cannot escape horror and don’t have a voice. We are their voice and more needs to be done. They should have taken the guy in for questioning and had the animals taken immediately for help.The baby was sick… Unbelievably they just left this poor creature, desperate for help, to suffer in an extraordinary situation that could have and should have been dealt with as a matter or urgency.

Last edited 28 days ago by Jane