Alligator located in nursery business grabs attention

An alligator that paid a surprise visit to a Carteret County business was safely captured Thursday. Photo available for purchase

An alligator that paid a surprise visit to a Carteret County business was safely captured Thursday afternoon after first grabbing the attention of curious customers.

Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 10:51 AM.

An alligator that paid a surprise visit to a Carteret County business was safely captured Thursday afternoon after first grabbing the attention of curious customers.

James Pryor of Jonesboro, Ark., stopped by Redfearn’s Nursery in Cedar Point to pick up flowers he and his wife had picked out the previous day.

They’ll be heading home soon after visiting family in the area and will take home photos of the alligator, a sight he said they don’t see at home.

“And that’s not a little one either. We got a real treat,” Pryor said of their unexpected chance to see an alligator up close.

The alligator, estimated to be about 8-feet long and about 200 pounds, was discovered as Redfearn’s Nursery opened for business for the day.

Judy Redfearn said Ray Gomez of Three Amigos Landscaping came up on the alligator while getting ready for a job.

“Ray was out picking up products for a job and thought he saw a concrete statue laying on the ground. After taking a closer look, he saw it was a live alligator,” she said.



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