Did anyone lose an alligator?

August 21, 2013 6:42:35 AM PDT
Imagine the surprise.

A 2-foot long alligator has been found in a backyard in Maryland.

The reptile was found Saturday snapping at a family's dog in Sykesville.

A relative tells The Carroll County Times the family contacted a wildlife and primate sanctuary, which rehabilitates wild animals.

Handlers from the sanctuary came from a neighboring county and picked the animal up on Monday.

The manager of the facility says the alligator will be rehabilitated and then moved to a rescue program.

An official with a local Humane Society says exotic animals such as alligators are banned in Maryland.