Surprise: Alligator found in Kansas City hot tub

Surprise: Alligator found in Kansas City hot tub

Alligator named Catfish found during home eviction in Kansas City, was a big, cuddly lizard

A 7-foot-long, 200-pound alligator named Catfish was found in a hot tub by a landlord evicting a tenant in Kansas City on Wednesday.

A Missouri landlord in the process of evicting a tenant had to call animal control after finding out the resident was living with an unauthorized, 200-pound house guest.

A 6-foot-long, 150-pound alligator is seen Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. The alligator, named Catfish, was found in a hot tub by a landlord evicting a tenant in Kansas City, Mo. The tenant, Sean Casey, described the alligator, named Catfish, as "gentle as a puppy." The alligator was removed by animal control workers, and will be temporarily housed at the Monkey Island Rescue and Sanctuary in nearby Greenwood. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)  [ +  – ]

The Kansas City homeowner said a 7-foot alligator was found curled up inside a hot tub there Wednesday — and he wasn't alone. The gator was sharing the space with two pythons and a rabbit, who was elsewhere on the premises, likely to avoid becoming a roomate's dinner. All the creatures later were removed by city officials.

The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as "gentle as a puppy" after animal control workers were called to the Kansas City home on Wednesday. The workers also found two boa constrictors and a rabbit.

Sean Casey, who lived at the home, told the Kansas City Star the alligator was named Catfish and “he was a big, cuddly lizard."

Catfish will be temporarily housed at the Monkey Island Rescue and Sanctuary in nearby Greenwood. The snakes and rabbit were taken to an animal shelter.

“He smiled all of the time,” Casey added, noting he has owned the alligator for around four years.

The tenant, Sean Casey, said he'd owned the alligator for four years and named it Catfish. He called the reptile "a big cuddly lizard."

People who live in Kansas City can have snakes and rabbits as pets — but alligators are off-limits, a Neighborhood and Housing Services department spokesman told the newspaper.

A spokesman for the city's Neighborhood and Housing Services Department says Kansas City doesn't allow homeowners to have alligators.

It reportedly took four workers to drag the reptile off the property. It will now be housed at the Monkey Island Rescue and Sanctuary in Greenwood. The snakes and rabbit are headed to a local animal shelter.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub.

The Kansas City Star reports a specialist removed the alligator, which was at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. No one was injured.

The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as gentle as a puppy after animal control workers were called to the Kansas City home on Wednesday. The workers also found two boa constrictors and a rabbit.

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The Kansas City Star reports a specialist removed the alligator, which was at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. No one was injured.

The tenant, Sean Casey, said hed owned the alligator for four years and named it Catfish. He called the reptile a big cuddly lizard.

A spokesman for the citys Neighborhood and Housing Services Department says Kansas City doesnt allow homeowners to have alligators.

Catfish will be temporarily housed at the Monkey Island Rescue and Sanctuary in nearby Greenwood. The snakes and rabbit were taken to an animal shelter.


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