OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) — 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.
The school’s mascot is an alligator clad in orange, which is a bit different then the 4-foot-6-inch (1.4-meter) 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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