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Crocodile caught wandering around California mall

Crocodile caught wandering around California mall
Wildlife veterinarian Ben Gonzales, left, carries a 4-foot-long crocodile found at a shopping center with the help of aide Tom Batter, right.
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ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Don't shed any tears for a crocodile that was captured wandering outside a pet store at a Northern California shopping mall.

California Fish and Wildlife officials have taken custody of the croc, are feeding it rainbow trout and will likely donate it to a zoo.

Police say the crocodile was apparently left outside the Roseville store by someone who didn't want it anymore.

The animal had grown to 4-feet long, and its jaws had been wrapped shut with heavy-duty tape. There was a note identifying it as a Nile crocodile and requesting someone "call rescue."

Police say no one was hurt Wednesday when the animal was picked up with the help of a catch pole typically used to nab stray dogs.
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