This Doolittle couldn't talk to the animals

MATTAWAN, Mich. (AP) - September 5, 2012

That was the reaction when Terry Doolittle called authorities to say he discovered an alligator while mowing his lawn.

He says officials thought he was pulling a Dr. Doolittle prank -- you know -- the guy who could talk to animals.

But an animal rescue worker finally came out to his house and pulled out the gator that was trapped in a basement window well.

Authorities figure the west Michigan gator is someone's escaped pet.

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