It was as creepy and as slippery as it gets. Animal control officers in new bedford had their hands full this morning. It wasn't the usual rescue of a cat in a tree. This time, it was a snapping crocodile.
A four-foot long crocodie greeted New Bedford animal control officers when they were called to rescue some abandoned pets Tuesday morning. He may look like an alligator, but he's actually a Caiman, which is a member of the Crocodile family.
"This one is about 3 and a half, four feet long. It is very unusual to have him, this big around the area," Emanuel Maciel of New Bedford Animal Control said.
The reptile has several wounds where someone stabbed it, but officers think he'll recover.
This is not the end of the road for this little guy. He'll be transferred to New England Reptile in Taunton, and will be properly cared for there.
The Caiman was found in the abandoned second floor apartment on Ashley Street in New Bedford. An abandoned pit bull was also found in the apartment.
"We've had some issues with that house before. About a year ago, we took 26 animals from that first floor. It's been an eyesore for us," said Maciel.
Despite signs of abuse, Animal control officers expect both animals to survive.