‘Very docile’ alligator with arthritis found safe

An alligator resting in water
This file photo from Oct. 30, 2019, shows an alligator prowling the waters in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida.

BONDUEL, Wis. — A “very docile” alligator that was on the loose in Brown County has been found safe.

Doc’s Zoo, an animal sanctuary located 18 miles west of Green Bay, said on Facebook that one of its alligators, Rex, had been missing since Saturday.

Rex is “very old” and has severe arthritis in his jaws that makes it difficult for him to open his mouth more than an inch, according to the zoo’s post. The gator was described as “typically very docile.”

An updated post from the zoo said Rex was found safe in the “swampy wooded area on the Doc’s complex” at around 5 p.m. Monday.

In addition to alligators, Doc’s Zoo also cares for kangaroos, camels, emus, peacocks and other exotic animals. The sanctuary has been in operation for more than 30 years and doesn’t charge admission to the zoo.