An alligator roamed a street near Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ headquarters when it was caught by the police.
Officers arrived at the scene after being called because of the disturbance the animal was causing in the shopping area.
When the officers attempted to approach the animal, it wagged its tail and poked him; the officer in turn made a noose with a rope and tied the alligator’s mouth.
The officer then immobilized its head, and a second officer stood on top of the animal to drag it away. The officers had to cover their eyes and wrap their mouth with duct tape.
Phil Walter, who is an alligator trapper with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Nuisance Alligator Program, said he was impressed with the officers’ work at the scene, AP reported.
ALLIGATOR 'ARRESTED': Tampa police officers were called to a commercial part of town because of a disturbance, but it wasn’t a public brawl or anyone behaving in a disorderly manner. https://t.co/tlsyhNRX0N pic.twitter.com/LHOpR5p9g9
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