Pet Alligator Breaks Free Into Pennsylvania River, Recaptured By Owner

A group of animals swimming in water

A pet alligator named Oscar busted loose in Pennsylvania last weekend.

The reptile tried to swim the Susquehanna River as part of its escape attempt, but was eventually captured.

The renegade pet gator was about 3 or 4 feet long, and it got loose near the town of Wrightsville.  It was the first documented loose gator in the state this year.

There have actually been 22 confirmed alligator sightings in Pennsylvania throughout history, though this was the first documented case of a gator swimming free in the Susquehanna River.

According to NBC Philadelphia, it is believed that Oscar escaped his enclosure and broke free from its owners home which is only about 100 feet from the nearby river.

The gator remained in the river overnight but was located and captured the following day by its owner Tyler Hake, a trained biologist who works closely with reptiles. He has had Oscar since he was about 16 years old.

A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock