A Nicholasville woman received a shock Monday morning when she found a young alligator in the decorative pond in her backyard.
Jessamine County Animal Care and Control received a call at about 10 a.m. Monday in which "the caller started the conversation by stating 'you're going to think I'm crazy, but, ...'" according to a news release from Mike Cassidy, director of Jessamine County Public Services.
The caller said his mother had gone into the backyard "and rushed back into the house screaming. When he got her calmed down, she told him that 'there's an alligator in my fish pond,'" the news release stated.
Animal control Supervisor Sherman Jett went to the home on Hickory Hill Drive and found the alligator, which is about two feet long, in the pond.
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Jett used snake tongs that are typically used to remove snakes from homes to catch the alligator.
He said it took about 20 minutes and plenty of patience to capture the reptile.
"I had a little bit of trouble with him," Jett said Monday afternoon. "I just wanted to be sure that he didn't get away."
The alligator was taken to the Jessamine County Animal Shelter, and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife was called.
Fish and Wildlife will take the alligator to the Louisville Zoo or the Cincinnati Zoo, according to the news release.
Jett said it is not known how the alligator wound up in the fish pond.
He said he has responded to calls about alligators in creeks before, but this is the first time he has found one.