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Man finds trapped alligator while mowing grass

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:43 AM

But Terry Doolittle of Mattawan said authorities were skeptical when he reported the discovery because his last name is the same as a fictional children's book character who spoke to animals. He said authorities wary of a "Dr. Doolittle" prank at first didn't believe him.

Doolittle said he was mowing alongside of his house when he "saw a tail move."

An animal rescue employee who owns six other alligators eventually helped dislodge the creature, and took it home until someone claims it.

Authorities believe the alligator is a family pet.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office.

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