by Nick Baker
The 2-foot caiman croc, originally reported to be a 4-foot alligator, was put down by the Ohio Division of Wildlife this morning after it was found last evening near Ridge Square Park.
Today, an officer from the Division of Wildlife met police at Edgewater Park, took the crocodile and shot it in the head with a .22-caliber rifle. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo would not take the crocodile, not even temporarily, citing that fact that no one knew where it came from. According to Plain Dealer reporter Donna Miller's comment on the story, however, the zoo would have been happy to welcome an alligator for a temporary stay.
In 2008, a 7-foot alligator guarding a marijuana-growing operation was discovered, and temporarily housed at the zoo until being relocated to Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Moral of the story: You better have a damn good explanation for where you came from next time police pick you up. And, the zoo discriminates against crocodiles.