Kelso woman finds alligator in garage

Kelso woman finds alligator in garage

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by Anne Yeager, KGW Staff

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Posted on December 15, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 15 at 6:12 PM

KELSO, Wash. -- A Kelso Washington woman got a huge scare when she opened up her garage and found an alligator inside.

Her friend who was renting an apartment from her put the alligator there without her knowing about it.
 
"She was frantic, " said Mike Nicholson, with Cowlitz Co. Animal Control.  "She said get this out of her garage."
 
Nicholson said the alligator let out a hiss, but he managed to calm the reptile down.
 
"I think he's cool, he hasn't tried to bite me yet."
 
The alligator stretches 2 to 3 feet long and is 8 weeks old. Nicholson has named him, "Charlie."
 
Melina Davis said she was shaken when she heard about the news.
 
"It would totally freak me out.  It's scary because my kids don't really play inside the fence, but they will now, " said Davis.
 
Animal control jumped in just in time. The alligator hasn't eaten for two weeks, according to authorities.
 
It's illegal to have a potentially dangerous reptile in Washington and the owner could be cited with neglect.
 

"I think he's a cool character and we'll make a good life for it in a wild life sanctuary, " said Nicholson. 

 
Late Wednesday, "Charlie" enjoyed his first meal in two weeks -- a raw chicken.

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