12-foot gator relocated after visiting Air Force base twice

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May 20 (UPI) -- A 12-foot alligator was relocated from Florida's MacDill Air Force Base after twice being found in restricted areas.

The 12-foot, 4-inch gator was first spotted at the Tampa base in April, when it found its way to the runway and parked itself by the landing gear of a plane.


The reptile was ejected, but put in a second appearance last week outside the Med Group facility.

Base officials made arrangements for the alligator to be permanently relocated to Gatorama and Crocodile Adventures in Palmdale, a facility located about 155 miles away.

Gatorama dubbed its new resident Major McDill in honor of the base.

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