BOSTON (AP) — Canoeists and crew teams are an everyday sight on the Charles River in Needham. Alligators aren’t quite as common.
But on Thursday, canoeist Topher Cox of Needham spotted a four-foot long alligator in the river.
He took a picture with his cell phone, then used it to call 911. Eventually, Michael Ralbovsky from Rainforest Reptile Shows found the gator and grabbed it with his bare hands.
Ralbovsky told The Boston Globe on Friday that the reptile didn’t fight much because it was cold. It was spotted as early as Saturday, likely after its owner illegally released it.
Ralbovsky said the animal was healthy. He said it will be used in Rainforest Reptile shows until it gets too large, when it will be transferred to an alligator farm in Texas or Florida.