Tortoise may have helped alligator escape from MI zoo

File photo of one of the alligators featured at the GarLyn Zoo located in the Upper Peninsula. (Courtesy: Gary Moore/GarLyn Zoo)
File photo of one of the alligators featured at the GarLyn Zoo located in the Upper Peninsula. (Courtesy: Gary Moore/GarLyn Zoo)

NAUBINWAY, Mich. (AP) — An owner of a zoo in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise.

TV stations WWTV-WWUP and WPBN-WTOM report the alligator named Carlos got out of an enclosure over the weekend at the GarLyn Zoo near Naubinway. He was spotted by people nearby, who called police, but he wasn’t caught.

Gary Moore, who runs the zoo in Mackinac County with his wife, says he suspects the alligator slipped underneath a fence. Moore says a large tortoise that walks in the area, wearing away dirt, likely was an inadvertent accomplice in Carlos’ getaway.

GarLyn Zoo is home to about 100 animals, including two adult alligators. Anyone who spots Carlos is asked to contact police or the zoo.

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