Police discovered the gator while serving the father an unrelated warrant

By Alex Heigl
Updated April 06, 2015 11:55 AM

The Naples, Florida, man found a baby gator being attacked by a bird and brought the embattled reptile home, where he intended to nurse it back to health and take it to a nearby conservancy.

Unfortunately, Gill, 45, was unaware that anyone who wants to own a gator in Florida has to go through at least 1,000 hours of training before even applying for a license.

So when Collier County deputies were at Gill’s home serving a search warrant for an unrelated matter and discovered that Gill was keeping the eight-inch baby gator in his 13-year-old son’s room, they arrested Gill.

“I had no clue. It wasn’t like I was out collecting alligators. I was trying to save an alligator and nurse it back to health and we were going to take it over to the conservancy,” Gill told NBC2.

It’s a felony to keep a gator without a license; Gill was arrested and charged on Friday.

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