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

(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 MLive.com 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.

This undated photo provided by the GarLyn Zoo in Naubinway, Mich. shows, a tortoise from the zoo.
This undated photo provided by the GarLyn Zoo in Naubinway, Mich. shows, a tortoise from the zoo.   (AP Photo/GarLyn Zoo, Gary Moore)
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