A baby alligator stolen from the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary on Tuesday has been retrieved and returned to the sanctuary in Jupiter.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recovered the gator Thursday afternoon. It was placed back in the cage it was stolen from and is safe and sound.
David Hitzig, Executive Director of the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary says someone cut a hole through the gator's cage and stole it. The week before four turtles were also stolen in the same way. The turtles were recovered.
Charges are pending in the investigation.
"This is a protective species. It takes special licensing to have these animals but to steal an animal like this, who knows what the intention was, who knows what the fate of this animal may have been had the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission not been able to recover it and get it back into safe hands," said Hitzig.
No arrests have been made as of yet.