Alligator Escapes Indiana Zoo, Captured at Nearby Marina

Employees estimate the alligator was about two feet long

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    B&E Marine

    Workers at a boat dealership and marina in Northwest Indiana had an unusual visitor Tuesday morning.

    An alligator apparently escaped from Washington Park Zoo and made its way to B&E Marine, less than a mile away from the zoo on Lake Shore Drive in Michigan City.

    The estimated two-foot long reptile was found hiding between a fence and a dock box on the property, according to B&E spokeswoman Gretchen Demko.

    At first, an employee thought the alligator was a toy, until the animal started to move.

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    B&E Marine notified zoo officials about the escaped reptile, which they nicknamed Trigger, and attempted to capture it.

    B&E Marine President Barry Bensz and his son Jacob picked the alligator up by its tail and taped its mouth closed to keep it from biting.

    Zoo officials then retrieved the animal, Demko said.

    It’s not the first time an escaped animal has made it to B&E Marine.

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    The News-Dispatch reports that a monkey was once found on one of the boats at the facility several years ago and other “more domestic” animals have also been found on the property.

    Washington Park Zoo has not returned NBC Chicago's request for comment.