3-foot-long American alligator found in pond near Monroe County schools

Posted at 3:49 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 09:02:28-04

BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — An American alligator was found in a pond near schools in Bedford Township on Thursday afternoon.

According to Bedford Public Schools, the alligator was found in the biology pond, which is used by the junior and senior high school classes for an academic study.

A teacher reported that there appeared to be an alligator-type reptile swimming in the pond, and the district contacted experts to assist with the removal.

Those experts initially identified the reptile as a caiman, but later identified it as an American alligator. While not indigenous to Michigan, they are kept as pets throughout the country.