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.
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.
“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!”