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Deputies remove alligator from Florida school playground

The school’s mascot is an alligator clad in orange, which is a bit different than the 4-foot-6-inch alligator the deputies captured.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies found an alligator Wednesday at Everglades Elementary School, according to a department Facebook post.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies found an alligator Wednesday at Everglades Elementary School, according to a department Facebook post. [ Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office ]
Published Nov. 6, 2020
Updated Nov. 6, 2020

OKEECHOBEE — A Florida school named after Everglades National Park experienced a small portion of what the wetlands has to offer when a small alligator appeared on the school’s playground.

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies found the alligator Wednesday at Everglades Elementary School, according to a department Facebook post.

The school’s mascot is an alligator clad in orange, which is a bit different than the 4-foot-6-inch alligator the deputies captured.

Deputies later released the gator in the Nubbin Slough River, but not before naming it “Everglades.”