Viral photo shows police walking 9-foot alligator on leash: Here's why

Credit: Sunset Beach Police Department

Nothing to see here: it's just an alligator walking on a leash!

The Sunset Beach Police Department in North Carolina posted a photo of its team ‘walking’ a 9-foot alligator on a leash last Friday.

According to a Facebook post, officers received complaints about the gator strolling through a neighborhood. The alligator is accused of attempting to break into the community swimming pool!

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"When officers arrived, the alligator had broken through porch lattice at the reservation office," the department said.

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Out of concern for the safety of property owners and neighborhood residents, the gator was relocated to a nearby pond.

"Is he joining the K9 unit?" one person joked.

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