Crocodile Caught Wandering Around California Mall

Crocodile Caught Outside Pet Store in California Mall
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

updated 04/11/2014 at 03:55 PM EDT

originally published 04/11/2014 09:45AM

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."



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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.


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North Reading police officer with duck

North Reading Police Dept.



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