Reported Loose Gator a Very Small Caiman

Animal services grabbed the reptile

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011  |  Updated 5:19 PM CDT
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Reported Loose Gator a Very Small Caiman

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A medium-sized alligator said to be on the loose in south Dallas turned out to be a caiman shorter than 8 inches in length.

Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Gerardo Monreal said dispatch received a call from officers about the animal Tuesday morning.

The officers, who were chasing two people believed to be burglars, saw the reptile when they chased the pair inside a home on the 2700-block of Seevers.

Officers arrested the pair and then asked dispatch to call animal services. Animal services wrangled the animal, placed it in a box and removed it from the home.

NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this report.

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