Florida deputies remove alligator from school playground, release it into river

Courtesy: Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office

A Florida elementary school got to meet a live version of its mascot after a small alligator was found in the school's playground. 

The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office said its deputies found the alligator on the Everglades Elementary School's playground Wednesday afternoon. 

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The school's mascot is an alligator clad in orange, which is a bit different from the 4-foot-6-inch alligator the deputies captured. 

Courtesy: Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office

Deputies later released the gator in the Nubbin Slough River, but not before affectionately naming it "Everglades."


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