A 3-foot-long alligator was spotted lurking in a Michigan pond behind a high school, prompting the school to close the area.
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A teacher saw the reptile swimming in the “Biology Pond” at Bedford High School on Thursday, according to a statement from Bedford Public Schools. The teacher alerted the school administration and local authorities were contacted, the school district said.
Animal experts soon identified the alligator as a caiman, a type of reptile that belongs within the Alligatoridae lineage.
Caimans are not indigenous to Michigan, but are often kept as pets, according to the school district.
Students were asked to avoid the pond area while it was closed.
The owner of Indian Creek Zoo told ABC News Friday the reptile had been safely captured earlier that day and was not living at the zoo.
Joe Garverick, the owner of the zoo, said he expects that the animal was either a pet that got loose or a pet that someone let loose.