An 800-pound alligator has a new home — and a stylish new animal-print muzzle — after being captured outside a Texas hair salon.
The alligator, which is blind in one eye, measures more than 12 feet long and is estimated to be 50 years old, was captured Saturday morning in a Sugar Land parking lot by Christy Krobroth, a full-time dental hygienist licensed as an alligator trapper by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.
“I try to be sweet to these guys,” Krobroth told KTRK-TV. “He wasn’t too sweet to me but I’ll forgive him for that.”
Video taken from the capture shows Krobroth and a police officer struggling to get the reptile tied up.
Krobroth was eventually able to tape up the gator’s limbs and his mouth — which was covered with a small animal-print blanket as a makeshift muzzle.
“A lot of times when I show up on a call it’s cops and mostly guys. And they’re like, ‘Texas Parks and Wildlife sent you?’ They kind of doubt me at first until I really get them taped and ready to go,” Krobroth said.
Pictures of the tied-up gator and its victorious trapper were posted to Facebook by Beatrice Valdez-House, who works at a hair salon in the strip mall.
“He was caught this morning in our back parking lot, I think he was trying to get in for a hair appointment,” she wrote.
Krobroth said the alligator will join the breeding program at the Janik Alligators sanctuary in El Campo.
“He’ll probably just live out the rest of his life and have girlfriends and make babies and be fed every day. He’ll be a happy gator,” she said.
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