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She looks for her cat, leans down to the drain and screams as she sees two eyes staring at her

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A search for a missing cat led an animal rescue team to a surprising, and very scary, discovery.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 23/02/2019, 17:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:51

Brooque Snow and her stepdaughter decided to take matters into their own hands after the family cat went missing. They checked all the usual places before widening the search to include the surrounding areas.

But there was still no sign of the cat. Worried that it might've fallen down a nearby drain, the Snows decided to take a look. What they found was much bigger than your average housecat! Speaking to the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger, Brooque Snow said"We looked inside and there was an alligator. At first, we're like wait a minute, so we took a second glance... then I took out my phone, took a picture and I told the neighbour.”

A shocking discovery

Snow called animal welfare officers who arrived on the scene in Columbus Drive, Mississipi. The Officers took a look at the gator and decided this wasn't the job for them.  They called the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks and specially trained trappers pulled the 4-foot reptile from the sewer. Given that the average adult alligator is between 8-10 feet long, I’m guessing the trappers had little problem dealing with this “baby” version.

Sewer alligator stories go back as far the late 1920s, although for a long time they were considered as nothing more than urban myths. However,  in 2010, a two-foot alligator was discovered in the sewers of New York City. But most reports of sewer alligators come out of Florida, where much of the states waste infrastructure backs onto swampland.

More sightings of sewer alligators

In 2016, an 11-foot alligator was pulled from a sewage pipe in Florida after local residents complained of a bad smell.

Unfortunately, there’s still no sign of the missing cat.