Go Gators: Deputies remove alligator from school playground

OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA (AP) – A Florida school named after Everglades National Park experienced a taste of what the wetlands has to offer when a small alligator appeared on the school’s playground.

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies found the alligator on Wednesday at Everglades Elementary School, according to a department Facebook post.

The school’s mascot is an alligator clad in orange, which is a bit different from the 1.4-metre alligator the deputies captured.

Deputies later released the gator in the Nubbin Slough River, but not before affectionately naming it “Everglades”.

The alligator named Everglades was released in the Nubbin Slough River