Officials from the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife transported the wandering crocodile to a new, temporary home
Steve Torres/California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife/AP
04/11/2014 at 03:55 PM EDT
Don't shed any tears for a crocodile that was captured wandering outside a pet store at a Northern California shopping mall.
California Fish and Wildlife officials have taken custody of the croc, are feeding it rainbow trout
and will likely donate it to a zoo.
Police say the crocodile was apparently left outside the Roseville store by someone who didn't want it anymore.
The animal had grown to 4-feet long
, and its jaws had been wrapped shut with heavy-duty tape. There was a note identifying it as a Nile crocodile and requesting someone "call rescue."
The crocodile was discovered with its mouth taped shut, sitting outside a pet store in the shopping center
Laura Valdez / Roseville Police Dept. / AP
Police say no one was hurt Wednesday when the animal was picked up with the help of a catch pole typically used to nab stray dogs
North Reading police officer with duck
North Reading Police Dept.
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