ROSEVILLE, Placer County (CBS / AP) — This is one crocodile that didn’t want to become a handbag.
Police in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville captured a 4-foot-long crocodile Wednesday near a T.J. Maxx store in a strip mall.READ MORE: California Drought: Healdsburg Bans Sprinklers; Sets Personal Water Use To 74 Gallons A Day
Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther says the animal apparently escaped from a box left in front of a reptile shop called The Serpentarium with a sign saying “Nile Crocodile. Contact Rescue.”
Authorities say the crocodile is feisty but had duct tape wrapped around its jaws.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Lt. Patrick Foy said the agency is “reasonably sure” the animal is indeed a Nile crocodile. It’s looking for a zoo or other facility to take it.READ MORE: 3-Alarm Fire Burns 2 Buildings at West Oakland Recycling Center
Foy says the crocodile appears to have broken teeth, perhaps from biting wire cages.
California bans ownership of crocodiles.
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