Gator takes a stroll along 27th Avenue

PHOTO PROVIDED BY VERO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

VERO BEACH — On a breezy Tuesday afternoon, officers were called to detain a four-foot long suspect described as ‘aggressive’ and ‘thrashing.’

PHOTO PROVIDED BY VERO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

Vero Beach police saw the suspect – an alligator – about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday roaming the parking lot in the 2500 block of 27th Avenue. It was unclear if the animal was looking for a lunch time snack or just strolling along enjoying the scenery.

Two policemen helped animal control Officer Scott Lee catch the gator and tape its mouth shut, police said. Police took the gator to a nearby canal, where it was freed from the tape and released.

Officers said they think the gator came from the canal. No injuries were reported.

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