OKEECHOBEE, Fla. — A Florida school named after Everglades National Park experienced a taste of what the wetlands has to offer when a small alligator appeared on the school’s playground.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies found the alligator Wednesday at Everglades Elementary School, according to a department Facebook post.
The school’s mascot is an alligator clad in orange, which is a bit different from the 4-foot-6-inch (1.4-meter) alligator the deputies captured.
Deputies later released the gator in the Nubbin Slough River, but not before affectionately naming it “Everglades.”
This story has been edited to correct the name of Everglades National Park.
The Associated Press