6-foot alligator removed from hot tub in Kansas City home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Animal control workers who were called to an east
Kansas City home encountered Catfish, a 6-foot alligator its owner said is as ``gentle as a kitten.''

Eventually, a specialist was called to remove the 150-pound alligator. Two boa
constrictors and a rabbit also were taken from the home.

The Kansas City Star reports the tenant, Sean Casey, said he owned the
alligator for four years and called him ``a big cuddly lizard.''

John Baccala, spokesman for the city's Neighborhood and Housing Services
department, says Kansas City does not allow homeowners to have alligators.

None of the four workers who removed the alligator was injured.

Catfish will be housed at the Monkey Island Rescue and Sanctuary in Greenwood
for now. The boa and rabbit were taken to an animal shelter.

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