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Large alligator removed from park pond in Victoria

Letting your kids feed the critters at the Duck Pond is one of the many things to do at Victoria’s Riverside Park. But parents now should keep a watchful eye they don’t feed their kids to the critters: Officials on Saturday removed a 10-foot alligator from the pond.

In a Facebook post, the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office said they assisted Texas Parks and Wildlife in removing the gator — which was bigger than a Smart car, but smaller than a MINI Cooper — from the pond. 

RELATED: Del Valle neighborhood alligator caught on film

The 562-acre park borders the Guadalupe River, which is a natural home to alligators. The river is up, the sheriff’s office explained, forcing gators from their usual riparian haunts. The Facebook post showed the gator trussed up, snout secured with duct tape, but the sheriff’s office said it was released unharmed away from the park.

A story in the Victoria Advocate tells of a gaggle of teens who were taking pre-prom photos at the park when they were surprised to see officials removing the gator from the pond. The story describes the alligator as a “monster,” but it does fall short of the 13-foot-8-inch reptile caught in Champion Lake, east of Houston, last year.

(Alligators outside of Texas have been measured at 14 to 15 feet and the largest crocodiles ever recorded have been over 20 feet — which is longer than a new Chevrolet Suburban.)

If you’re considering a new pair of exotic cowboy boots, the Advocate story points out that alligator hunting season in Victoria County is Sept. 10-30. However, in Travis and surrounding counties, it is alligator season right now — you’ve got until June 30 to bag your prize.

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