'Alligator Type Reptile' Found Swimming In Biology Pond Near Bedford Schools

The 3-foot caiman was discovered on Thursday.

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September 19, 2019 - 7:50 pm

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BEDFORD, Mich. (WWJ) -- Some schools have a gator as their mascot, but one Michigan district has a similar creature in its on-campus pond. 

The Bedford Public School District says a three-foot long caiman has been seen swimming in the Biology Pond near the junior and senior high schools. 

Caimans are not native to Michigan and share similar features to alligators and crocodiles but are often smaller in size. Some people keep them as pets. 

The district, located in Monroe County just north of Toledo, says it was discovered on Thursday and they are asking all students and community members to avoid the pond, which is located just behind the football field and used for academic study.

School officials have contacted the proper agencies to assist with removing the caiman. It will reportedly be kept at the Indian Creek Zoo in Bedford.