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4-foot pet alligator escapes Kansas home on same day small gator turns up in nearby town

BASEHOR, Kan. — It’s not every day 2 alligators are discovered in the landlocked state of Kansas in the same day, yet that happened this past week.

An alligator – more than 4 feet long – was spotted in nearby Basehor in the middle of a road.

“I honestly started laughing,” Natalie Cowan said, who stopped her car. “I was like, ‘This has to be a joke. It’s not real.'”

Sheriff deputies in Basehor didn’t quite know what to do. One deputy even drew his gun but didn’t end up firing it.

Eventually, officers learned the Basehor gator was a pet and had escaped from a neighbor’s property. It went home on it’s own after people left it alone.

The same day the big guy was found, a smaller gator turned up in Olathe.

The small alligator was discovered under a vehicle. An animal control officer brought the little gator back to the city’s shelter where it’s been staying since.

Olathe police said the alligator will go to a reptile rescue in Manhattan, Kansas, on Monday. After all, alligators aren’t allowed in the city.