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Alligator captured on Florida school playground

School named after Everglades State Park

Deputies removed an alligator from an elementary school playground in Okeechobee County
Deputies removed an alligator from an elementary school playground in Okeechobee County (Courtesy of Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office)

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. – A Florida school named after Everglades State Park experienced a small portion of what the wetlands has to offer when a small alligator appeared on the school’s playground.

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies found the alligator Wednesday at Everglades Elementary School, according to a department Facebook post.

A couple more pics of “Everglades” the alligator on the playground… Pictured are SRO D/S Tim “HiggyDunDee” Higgins, D/S Greis and D/S Chavez.

Posted by Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, November 5, 2020

The school’s mascot is an alligator clad in orange, which is a bit different then the 4-foot-6-inch alligator the deputies captured.

Deputies later released the gator in the Nubbin Slough River, but not before affectionally naming it “Everglades.”

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