Alligator found on Daytona Beach Shores

Alligator believed to be washed out to sea

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DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. - It was something Beth Libert was not expecting to find Saturday morning.

Libert, who is the head of the Volusia County Sea Turtle Patrol in Daytona Beach was on the beach around 6:30 a.m. Saturday when several witnesses told her an alligator came out of the ocean and up to the sea wall.

Libert told Local 6 at first she didn't believe them as she was out looking for nesting turtles and hatchlings.

Libert said after three people told her about the alligator, she went to investigate.

Libert said she saw it and decided to round it up in an animal cage she brings with her to the beach in case she comes across injured animals.

Libert said she put the cage down in front of the alligator, which was about a foot and a half long, poked it with a stick and got it inside the cage for safety.

She called Florida Fish and Wildlife, who came out to take care of the alligator, Libert said.

It was thought, at first, the little alligator may have escaped from the Congo River Miniature Golf Course, but all of their alligators were accounted for.

The manager at Congo River said he would take the little guy, aptly named Rex, by Libert.

Rex is now a part of the happy alligator family at the golf course.

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