Inmate charged with feeding iguanas to alligator at jail zoo

(Joe Raedle)

Authorities say an inmate at a Florida Keys jail fed iguanas, including one considered a pet, to an alligator at a small zoo run by the jail.

The Miami Herald reports the Monroe County jail inmate, Jason Aaron Gibson, was charged Monday with animal cruelty. He was already being held on a vehicle theft charge.

Another inmate told deputies he was feeding a sloth on Sunday when he heard a thump and saw Gibson tossing an iguana named Mojo into the alligator pen. The 6-foot-long (2-meter-long) alligator chomped down on Mojo and dragged him off. Deputies learned Gibson tossed another iguana to the alligator last month.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm houses about 150 confiscated or abandoned animals.

It's unclear whether Gibson has an attorney who can comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.