Do Not Steal Aggressive Alligators

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Today in crocodilian news, a five-foot alligator was stolen from an English pet store Monday night, along with an anaconda and some pythons. Store owner Paul Williamson makes this theft sound like the worst idea ever — he says the alligator (technically a Cuvier's dwarf caiman) is "aggressive," adding, "They're very powerful, very strong and they've obviously got huge teeth, so if they bite, the next place for you go to is hospital." Maybe local hospitals should be on the lookout for shifty types with large bite wounds?


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Would someone please tell me what the hell a five foot long "aggressive" crocodilian was doing in a pet shop? I get the appeal of exotic reptiles, but that's taking it way too far into Thing That Do Not Make Good Pets.