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  Giant alligator found in New York
Updated 29 April 2003, 20.14
An alligator
A huge alligator has been found wandering loose in New York City.

The four-foot-long reptile was spotted in a park by passers-by, who immediately called 911.

Police and park rangers raced to catch the 'gator, and eventually managed to get a rope around its neck.

Living in the pond?

Fact File
Snappy 'gator facts
Rarely attack humans unless protecting young
Date back 200m years
Unlike crocs they have broad flat snouts
Prefer fresh water, but crocs prefer coasts
Can have up to 2-3,000 teeth during life
Can run up to 20mph
Bred in farms for meat in the US

Luckily, no one was hurt while the alligator was walking around on its own.

Police said they didn't know if the reptile was an escaped pet, or had been living in a pond in the park for some time.

It's now been taken to a reptile specialist, who's used to looking after alligators.

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