A 4-foot alligator was rescued from Lake Michigan on Monday after a swimmer spotted the animal swimming near Waukegan, Illinois, and sent video evidence to authorities, USA Today reports. Waukegan Police Animal Control and Larsen Marine Service Inc. rescued the alligator and it is reportedly being moved to the Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, Illinois. The newspaper reports that alligators are normally found in fresh water from North Carolina to Texas and can survive in water as cold as 40 degrees in an “inactive” state. Waukegan is about 35 miles north of Chicago, and the temperature in Lake Michigan on Monday was reportedly about 63 degrees. “It is not every day someone reports an alligator in Lake Michigan and the report is true,” a Waukegan city official reportedly wrote in a Facebook post.
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