Pa. man finds reptile near sewer, offers gator aid

This Monday, June 10, 2013, photo provided by Joe Malseed shows a juvenile alligator in water in the roadway near a sewer grate in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s Animal Care and Control Team says police brought the animal to them, where it will remain until a permanent home is found. (AP Photo/Joe Malseed)
This Monday, June 10, 2013, photo provided by Joe Malseed shows a juvenile alligator in water in the roadway near a sewer grate in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s Animal Care and Control Team says police brought the animal to them, where it will remain until a permanent home is found. (AP Photo/Joe Malseed)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man has offered a little gator aid — calling animal control authorities to help rescue a juvenile alligator he found near a sewer grate on his street.

Joe Malseed saw the 18-inch reptile this week in the city’s Fishtown neighborhood and snapped its photo before calling for help. He says the alligator was in a puddle and appeared to be emerging from a nearby sewer. He says it was docile until a man tried to get a closer look and it hissed.

Police took the reptile to the city’s Animal Care & Control Team. The reptile has been named Allie-Gator.

The animal control team said Wednesday despite the name it hasn’t determined the alligator’s gender because, “Who’s going to do that job?”

Allie-Gator will remain with the team until a permanent home is found.

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