Alligator Found In Hot Tub

There's a first time for everything.

Deputies in Vero Beach, Fla., have found alligators in a lot of places, but never in a hot tub -- until now.

"I believe this is probably the first time we've ever seen an alligator in a hot tub," Indian River County Sheriff's spokesman Thomas Raulen told WTSP.

Police were serving a drug arrest warrant Tuesday when they discovered an alligator in a hot tub at a house. Detectives said a man, Tony Wells, Jr. claimed the gator had been there since he moved in about a year ago, and that he hhad been feeding it chicken.

According to TCPalm, deputies arrested a 26-year-old woman at the house on a cocaine-related warrant. Wells has been charged with possession of an alligator without a permit, but did not face drug charges.

Florida fish and wildlife officers removed the alligator. Photos obtained by WTSP show the animal floating in what appears to be a blue plastic tub of sludgy water.

Although this is reportedly the first time that the Indian River deputies have encountered a gator in a hot tub, people often do find themselves in compromising positions with large reptiles.

In September, a Hobe Sound, Fla., man told police that he had to smash in his car window in order to escape alligators that had surrounded his vehicle.

The man reportedly told officers that "he had shot up a lot of cocaine today [and]... was not feeling well," according to a police report.

Earlier that month, New Zealand man who had been kayaking in Australia reportedly found himself trapped on an by a hostile crocodile for two weeks.

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