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An alligator named Tewa is believed to have been stolen by a volunteer at a zoo in Texas 20 years ago.

She was found near the city of Austin at the house of a person who used to volunteer at the Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo. She was returned to the zoo on Monday.

A Texas Game Warden made it clear that alligators shouldn’t be kept as pets by announcing: “Alligators don’t make good pets, y’all.”

It’s believed the alligator was kept in the person’s backyard for many years. The property is located about 50 miles from the zoo. The person didn’t have the necessary permit to keep the alligator and has been issued with two citations.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the animal is thought to have been taken when it was an egg or a hatchling. She will now be introduced to other alligators and will live out her life at the facility.

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