ROSEVILLE, Cal. (KTXL/CNN)-- A four-foot crocodile was found Wednesday wandering the TJ Maxx Plaza in Roseville, according to officers.
Someone reportedly left it at the plaza in its container with a note that identified it as a Nile croc and to “call rescue.” Investigators say the croc somehow got out of its cage and went for a walk at the Douglas Boulevard shopping center.
A reptile business is nearby.
An animal control officer was able to capture the croc, which will now be placed in a Fish & Wildlife education organization.
“If it’s really a Nile croc, it could grow to a length of 20 feet–not only illegal to own, but a really bad idea for a pet,” Roseville Public Safety said in a Facebook post.
Officials did not say if the croc’s owner had been tracked down.
Nile crocs are the second largest reptiles on the planet.
Posted by Greg Palmer