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quirky news: See ya later, alligator!

Wildlife officer loses alligator in school.

“It was supposed to be a bit of fun but it turned into a nightmare,” said wildlife o?cer Jeff Branes after the alligator he brought into his daughter’s school managed to escape. “I caught it in a nearby river,” Branes explained. “I told my daughter about it and she said it would be great to take into school for a show-and-tell class. So, I taped its mouth shut, loaded it into the back of my truck and drove to school. Things started off well and it was a real hit with the class. But later, when I took it back to my truck, it jumped off the back and ran into the bushes. And now I can’t find it.” Police immediately closed the school, and the pupils were taken home. Meanwhile, Branes, who is originally from Swampsville, Florida, organised a hunt for the missing animal. “We believe it’s somewhere in the school grounds, but so far it has managed to avoid recapture. It's green, about 2 metres long and pretty dangerous,” Branes told reporters.

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