Young Professionals Chompy the alligator was "really kind of cute, but he was also kind of naughty," said Maria Tiller of Waterloo. (AP Photo/Pawsitive Pet Care)

Chompy the alligator was "really kind of cute, but he was also kind of naughty," said Maria Tiller of Waterloo. (AP Photo/Pawsitive Pet Care)

Chompy, Iowa’s cute but naughty alligator, needs a home

Published on December 12th, 2013 | by Josh Hafner

Chompy, Iowa’s new favorite baby alligator, needs a home : ( .

Some guy in Waterloo saw an online ad for a lil’ baby alligator and bought one (hopefully as a Christmas gift) before realizing that in fact , no, the city of Waterloo does not let people keep lil’ baby alligators, the Courier reported.

The best part, from the AP:

The resident turned the gator in to animal control officials, who kept the creature in an aquarium while figuring out what to do with it. Then the gator started snapping and making noises.

“He was really kind of cute, but he was also kind of naughty,” said Maria Tiller, Waterloo’s code enforcement forewoman. “I didn’t want him in my office anymore.”

A Waterloo vet clinic named the lil’ guy Chompy (awwwwwwww) before sending him to Des Moines, where he was being held this week in quarantine while workers tried to find him a warmer climate : ( .

What’s worse is that this tragic, animal-orphaning story plays out more often than you might think, said Josh Colvin with Animal Rescue of Iowa:

“They just don’t realize they are going to grow up and get big,” Colvin said. “The unfortunate part is that people don’t think it through, and then animal control has to pick up the pieces.”

Stop the madness, spread awareness: AP’s list of totally-sweet-but-not-legal-to-own-in-Iowa animals includes lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, ocelots, elephants, bears, monkeys, crocodiles and some snakes.


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covers young professionals for The Des Moines Register. Josh can be reached at jhafner@registermedia.com or on Twitter via @joshhafner.



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