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Texas rangers subdue 12ft alligator in Houston floods

The Independent logo The Independent 3/09/2017 Fiona Keating
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Game wardens and state troopers were called in to capture a massive alligator after it was displaced by the flood waters caused by Hurricane Harvey.

It took five men to control the 12ft beast before they could transport it to a less populated area.

The Texas game wardens posted a tweet of the incident showing five lawmen sitting on top of the alligator.

The flooding has forced many alligators in Texas to seek higher ground, in some cases putting them in close contact with humans. Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office has been warning people to stay well away.

"Leave alone until water recedes," the sheriff's office tweeted, along with photos of alligators on a driveway, a front porch and beneath a car.

Harris County deputy constables also had to help a man who found a 9ft alligator in the dining room of his home near Lake Houston. Texas game wardens and Wildernex Wildlife Control captured the reptile within 20 minutes and released it back in its natural habitat.

None of animal sanctuary Gator Country’s 350 alligators have escaped, said its owner, Gary Saurage, after he was swamped with calls.

"We're getting calls left and right about sightings," he said. "There's just no way I can respond to all of them right now. I'm focused on containing all our gators here,” he told the Beaumont Enterprise.

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