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Lakewood police find python and crocodile-like reptile when responding to call

Both animals will be transferred to a reptile rescue.
Credit: Lakewood Police Department
Alligator found in Lakewood.

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — While responding to a call at a home on Athens Avenue on Thursday night, officers with the Lakewood Police Department found two unexpected creatures -- a python and a reptile called a dwar caiman, which looked an awful lot like an alligator.

Capt. Gary Stone with the Lakewood Police Department says both animals are currently being held at the Lakewood Animal Shelter and will be transferred to a reptile rescue.

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Police also tell 3News the dwarf caiman, which is the smallest member of the crocodilian family, measured at about two feet long. 

Capt. Stone says the call was not connected to the animals.

No additional details were immediately available, but stay with 3News as we will update this story once more information is released.

Credit: Lakewood Police Department
Python found in Lakewood.

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Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on Jan. 17, 2022, which focuses on the Betty White challenge to benefit animal shelters.

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