A curious cat sent its owner into a panic after turning up back at its house with an alligator’s head. The bizarre find landed in Wendy Wiesehuegel’s Wisconsin lawn after her moggy, named Toast, had been out on the prowl. Alligators are not native to the state and are found on average once a year.
Toast the cat was out hunting on Sunday when Ms Wiesehuegel’s neighbour saw the feline drag what they thought to be a big fish from a lake.
“I bent down, and I’m like, ‘That’s not a northern or a fish,'” said Ms Wiesehuegel. “I said, ‘That’s a gator.'”
She believes she saw the alligator in the lake with her brother-in-law a few days before its head appeared on the lawn in Waukesha County.
Ms Wiesehuegel said at the time “he just laughed it off like, ‘No, it’s not a gator, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, it probably isn’t one,’ and we just kind of dismissed it, and then this showed up”.
Ms Wiesehuegel told Fox6 Toast “was very proud of himself”, adding: “He’s our great cat hunter, right?
“I was kind of excited at first because you could never see anything around here.
“And then I thought of the gravity of it and how awful it would be if it was out in the lake, and it was summertime, and people were swimming.
“That’s not cool.”
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After she found the gator’s head, she called the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Tim Aspenson, DNR conservation warden, said a wildlife biologist still has to verify whether the remains are real.
However, he thinks it’s from an actual alligator of around three feet long.
Mr Aspenson said he suspects the gator could have been a pet that either escaped or was released, pointing out that finding one in Wisconsin is very rare.
The Wisconsin DNR’s Rori Paloski said alligators cannot live in the Wisconsin wild long-term because they are highly unlikely to survive the harsh winters.