Alligator Escapes Zoo With Help of ... Tortoise?
Zoo owner says tortoise may have enabled 12-inch alligator's escape
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 25, 2014 6:23 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by the GarLyn Zoo in Naubinway, Mich. shows, a tortoise from the zoo.   (AP Photo/GarLyn Zoo, Gary Moore)

(Newser) – An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise. TV stations WWTV-WWUP and WPBN-WTOM and report the alligator named Carlos got out of an enclosure over the weekend at the GarLyn Zoo near Naubinway. He was spotted by people nearby, who called police, but he wasn't caught.

Gary Moore, who runs the zoo in Mackinac County with his wife, says he suspects the alligator slipped under a fence. Moore says a large tortoise that walks in the area, wearing away dirt, likely was an inadvertent accomplice in Carlos' getaway. GarLyn Zoo is home to about 100 animals, including two adult alligators. Anyone who spots Carlos is asked to contact police or the zoo.

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Oct 31, 2014 7:49 AM CDT
Now you can see age, if he is provide proper diet than he has chance to survive.
Oct 3, 2014 3:34 AM CDT
As per my think if he get some more energetic food then he can live more.
Jul 26, 2014 11:53 AM CDT
You just can't trust these shifty reptiles, they should be charged with conspiracy to jailbreak. Newser says the so called "innocent" tortoise wore away a walkway by the fence and the gator felon slipped underneath it. Ha!!! It sounds like a conspiracy to me.