BROOKEVILLE, Md. (WNCN) — Authorities in Maryland say a man found a small alligator in his backyard koi pond — the third alligator found in Maryland this Summer.
The man called 911 on Friday to report his discovery, telling the operator in a recording released by police: “This may sound a little crazy, but we have an alligator in our pond in the backyard.”
Montgomery County police and animal control officers responded with Maryland Natural Resources Police to the home in Brookeville, about 15 miles north of Washington, D.C.
After draining the pond for three hours, police say officers caught the three-foot alligator.
The gator was taken to the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in Frederick County “where it joined two other gators scooped up… in Maryland this year,” the Maryland Natural Resources Police said on Facebook.
Officer Chris Warden posed for a photo with the gator just after catching it on Friday.
“Officer Warden got to add another chapter to what we hope will be a long career with Maryland Natural Resources Police,” the group said on Facebook.
Natural Resources Police will investigate how the alligator ended up in the pond.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report