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Grown-up gators a challenge for Missouri town
Gathering grown-up gators no easy task for Missouri town 14 months after man sold 50 baby ones
By The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) ' The 50 baby alligators were cute little critters, each roughly the size of a pencil, when a Colorado man sold them out of a trailer in a southeast Missouri town.

Fourteen months later, officials in Kennett are worried about what has become of those animals. As Humane Department officer Tina Petix says, they're not so little and cute anymore.

So Petix is on a gator hunt, urging people to turn in the reptiles. She has no idea how many have survived.

Three alligators have been removed from homes so far. One woman had two that she sometimes kept in her backyard ' next to a home where 3-year-old twins live.

Petix says Ken Henderson, who travels with his exotic animals, sold the alligators at the Kennett Eagles Club last February.

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