3-foot-long alligator spotted at Michigan high school

PHOTO: An alligator was spotted in a pond behind a school in Bedford, Michigan.PlayWTVG
WATCH Gator spotted in murky Michigan pond

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.

PHOTO: An alligator was spotted in a pond behind a school in Bedford, Michigan. WTVG
An alligator was spotted in a pond behind a school in Bedford, Michigan.

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.

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PHOTO: An alligator was spotted in a pond behind a school in Bedford, Michigan. WTVG
An alligator was spotted in a pond behind a school in Bedford, Michigan.

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.