Diary - Come on, get snappy

13th November 2009 at 00:00

Bring a pet to school day is always fun. Less so when it is a pet alligator.

Dave Brady, a US wildlife officer, brought the five-foot alligator into his daughter's school in Florida for a show-and-tell.

Initially, pupils were impressed. Mr Brady had recently captured the reptile and had sensibly taped shut its mouth. But things started to go downhill when the alligator escaped off the back of Mr Brady's truck after his visit to the school in Panama City Beach.

"Most people don't think they can jump, but they have an amazing ability," explained Stan Kirkland, a spokesman from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "They can not only jump, they can run."

After leaping out of the truck, it ran towards a local pond. At the time of going to press, the taped-up alligator had still managed to evade capture.

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