A Pittsburgh man and his girlfriend discovered the seventh alligator to appear on the Allegheny River this year.
George DeSavage told WTAE the couple saw the animal on the riverside in the Lawrenceville neighborhood on Tuesday night while they were watching the sunset.
To protect the animal or any other passerby from possible injury, DeSavage said he went down to the river and “grabbed” it. He said the animal was “calm” and showing signs of being used to handling people.
But DeSavage also told the station he doesn’t recommend picking up an alligator if they find one. Just call the police, he said.
The Humane Animal Rescue shelter in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where the alligator was called “Gus”, believed it was previously a pet. Gus remains in the care of the shelter.
Additional alligator sightings have been made in the Carrick, Beechview and South Side neighborhoods of Pittsburgh and outside of town in Shaler Township.
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