Florida Alligator Found Well-Fed and Leashed to Tree

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A nearly 12-foot long gator was found tied to a tree outside an apartment complex in Tampa.

Florida is well known for many alligator sightings. But one recent incident has local authorities in Tampa baffled.

A nearly 12-foot long gator was found tied to a tree. Basically someone put a leash on the massive reptile and left it tied up like an abandoned dog.

The gator was discovered behind the Rivertree Landing Apartments which are located off Sligh Avenue. According to Phil Walters, the licensed trapper who was sent to the scene to kill the gator, there were rumors that some unidentified people had caught and tied a gator to a tree and that they were feeding it cats.

Walters spoke of the mystery surrounding how the creature got leashed stating “It was 11-foot-6 on tape but it looked bigger. It was a big fat healthy alligator. I don't know if they jumped up on its back or if they just lassoed it.”

It took about five men to pull and toss it up over the seawall after it had been killed

Authorities are now looking for the suspect or suspects who were responsible for tethering the creature to the tree.