Gator found on Long Island beach


BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) – An early morning beach walk yielded quite a surprise when an off-duty peace officer found an alligator in a pillowcase.

The officer came across the moving case on Overlook Beach early Saturday. Someone had written on the sealed bag: “Live Gator – Please find him a home,” according to the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The agent, an off-duty peace officer for the SPCA, called in a response team to rescue the 30-inch-long animal.

Officials with the SPCA are asking for donations to help them care for the alligator until it can be brought to a reptile sanctuary out of state. They are also seeking information on who might have dumped the gator.