Alligator found in basement of Washington D.C. home, police say

A 4-foot alligator was found in the basement of a Washington D.C. home on Wednesday, police said.

Metropolitan Police Department officers and the DC Humane Rescue Alliance were carrying out search warrant at the residence, where they eventually located a 4-to-5-year-old alligator, according to a police report.

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Police told Fox News that MPD was assisting on the search warrant after the organization received information about a reptile being housed at that location.

While cautioning the public against keeping alligators as pets, the department tweeted that animal control was trying to find the gator a safe place to live. Police also shared photos of the animal, including one of the gator hanging in a shallow bin of water.

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“See you later, Alligator... after ‘while Crocodile! 7D Officers came in contact with a 4-foot alligator while on patrol last night!” the tweet said. “DC Animal Control will be working to have him relocated to a safe habitat. Also, remember that alligators should not be considered house pets!”