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Alligator located alive over a week after going missing at school petting zoo event

Posted at 11:11 AM, Jun 03, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An alligator is alive after going missing for over a week following an end-of-the-year petting zoo event at Lakeview Middle School.

Kansas City Pet Project officials said a school staff member located the creature Monday morning outside of a school door; summer school is currently in session at the middle school.

The alligator’s mouth was still taped shut when it was located.


A veterinarian will check on the animal's condition, per KC Pet Project.

The 14-inch alligator was first reported missing Thursday, May 23, after it disappeared from an event that lacked a required animal show permit from KC Pet Project.

“Any type of event that showcases animals in Kansas City, Missouri, must have the proper permit to ensure the event is safe for all participants as well as the animals,” KC Pet Project spokesperson Tori Fugate said in a previous news release.

When the animal first went missing, officials said it was unlikely the gator would survive in the wild with its mouth taped shut.

Investigation into the incident remains underway.