The alligator was safely removed from the pool and is being transported to a nature preserve in the southern United States

By Kelli Bender
July 22, 2019 03:05 PM
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New York was feeling the heat this weekend, and the rouge alligators throughout Long Island were not immune.

According to News 12, Joe Baron and his family discovered a baby alligator paddling around their backyard pool in Bayport, New York, on Saturday — even though alligators are not native to the northeastern United States.

Baron told the outlet he spotted the little gator when he went to clean the pool’s filter, and he is unsure where the reptile came from.

It is illegal to own an alligator as a pet in the state of New York. Ownership of alligators is only allowed for research, exhibition, or educational purposes, which requires a permit, reports CBS New York.

After chasing the animal around the pool for a few minutes, the Barons were able to wrangles the gator out of the water, and transfer the reptile to a tank. The family called their local SPCA about the find, according to the local CBS affiliate, and eventually had the little gator safely removed from their care. The reptile is now on their way to nature preserve in the southern United States.