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L.I. family takes in wandering alligators

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For Mary O'Brien's family, babysitting some alligators is a unique challenge. A 4-foot alligator was found Wednesday wandering in a parking lot of a Long Island shopping plaza. Another alligator, a few inches shorter, was found the day before.

The cold-blooded reptiles with their claws and scales can grow to be 12 feet long. They are not native to Long Island.

The SPCA believes their owner likely abandoned them at the Baldwin grocery store.

Taking care of reptiles is not new for Mary's family. Her dad, Robert, is a former police officer. Over the years, dozens of reptiles have ended up at the home after someone discarded them.

These two are the latest in an odd string of gator sightings. Last Friday a homeowner in Mastic Beach captured one on his front lawn. On Monday a Brooklyn couple was charged with harboring a prohibitive animal when a 3.5-footer was found.

These two alligators will stay with the O'Briens for about a month. Then they will be flown to Florida where they'll live out their lives at a gator farm.

The Nassau County SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward for anyone with information on who is releasing the alligators.

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