Where did alligator captured near Concord daycare come from?

CONCORD, N.C. — Deputies are trying to figure out how an alligator ended up near a church daycare in Cabarrus County.

Just before 2 p.m. on Monday, deputies got a call from a daycare worker on Odell School Road in Concord reporting that an alligator was in a culvert near the daycare.

North Carolina Wildlife Senior Officer Zach Allman was one of the officials who responded to the unusual call.

“Usually when you get those type of calls, it’s kind of wary of it because it doesn’t happen around here very often,” Allman said.

When Cabarrus County Animal Control officers got there, they saw the 38-inch long alligator in a ditch next to a pipe.

Animal Control officers were able to capture the reptile, and North Carolina Wildlife officials then responded and took the alligator.

The sheriff’s office said it does not know how the alligator got into the culvert or where it came from. Wildlife officials said they will run tests to try and figure out where it came from.

“They’ll do DNA testing on it to see maybe, that’ll help out, an educated guess,” Allman said. “Was somebody’s pet that got too big, and they just let it out?”

It will ultimately be released into the wild in the eastern part of the state.

“It happens a lot in other parts of the state,” Allman said. “Here, it’s just not that common. So here it’s a big deal or a bigger deal, and it was a first for me, as well. So definitely an interesting day, a crazy Monday.”

It is illegal to have an alligator as a pet without a permit in North Carolina.

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