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5-foot alligator rescued from vacant Detroit lot

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DETROIT (AP) - A 5-foot-long alligator that was abandoned on Detroit's east side has found a home -- at least temporarily.

WDIV-TV reports that the reptile was tossed from a truck into a vacant lot Thursday night as Detroit's temperature was just above freezing.

Shontez Gibson told the television station that he and his uncle saw the animal being dumped in the field and rescued it. Gibson kept the alligator in his own room. A space heater was used to keep it warm as Gibson fed the animal fish.

The Michigan Humane Society took the alligator away Friday. It is being cared for at the Humane Society's facility in Rochester Hills, north of Detroit.

Detroit fields and lots often are used as illegal dumping grounds for trash and other refuse.

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