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Police nab a 70-lb gator living in house

A Milwaukee family is upset after police confiscated their 70-pound alligator that was living in the house. (Source:WTJM/CNN) A Milwaukee family is upset after police confiscated their 70-pound alligator that was living in the house. (Source:WTJM/CNN)

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTMJ/CNN) - Police found a 5-foot-long, 70-pound alligator living in a Wisconsin home.

That gator was confiscated, and is resting comfortably inside a domestic animal control shelter.

The homeowner said he's upset because the animal - named "Wally-Gator" - was considered part of the family.

He said Wally was living on a diet of fish, crickets and frozen rats.

Animal control said people keeping alligators as pets is common.

"It's kind of interesting, because we may not see one for two, three, four months. And then all of the sudden in a month's time we'll get three or four of them," said John McDowell, of Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control.

Wally's owner said he and his family didn't know keeping an alligator as a pet was illegal.

Police have not said how they were tipped off to the presence of the illicit pet.

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