Huge 11-foot alligator strolled through suburban Houston


Even an alligator has to take its step.

A massive alligator was seen Tuesday morning slowly strolling in the grass along a street in Katy, Texas — a town west of Houston.

The 11-foot, 400-pound reptile was captured by Texas Parks and Wildlife around 11:30 a.m., Fort Bend County District 1 Police Officer Chad Norvell told the Houston Chronicle.

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The alligator is lifted into the truck.
The reptile walked around the neighborhood for about six hours before it was caught.
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The alligator sits on the truck bed.
The animal was taken to a sanctuary in El Campo.
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“Nice morning for a walk!” Norvell posted on Facebook along with a video of the alligator walking down Peek Road near Buffalo Bayou.

Neighbors told the outlet the alligator had been roaming the neighborhood since at least 5 a.m

Rescuers found the alligator lying down after its walk and were able to easily capture it, Norvell said. They got the reptile into the back of a pickup truck using a tow truck and ropes.

Officers stand near the alligator.
Rescuers used a tow truck and ropes to get the reptile into the back of a pickup truck.
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The animal was taken to a sanctuary in El Campo, but not before area officials had fun on social media.

“His chip says he’s the Fulshear Police Department! Where do you want him dropped off?” Norvell wrote in a Facebook follow-up post, tagging the department southeast of Katy.

“That little rascal! Where have you been. Bad boy! Thank you, please put him in the back of our flood ambulance…” commented Fulshear Police.

On Twitter, Norvell’s own unit posted a picture of one of their own holding the alligator with what appeared to be a leash.

“We checked with your wife, Deputy Onda. She said you can’t keep it!” joked the department.

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