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Kobe, the 3.5 foot alligator found


NEW LEBANON - New Lebanon Animal Control has confirmed that Kobe, the gator missing since August 22 has been found safe.

The gator has drawn local attention and a cash reward totaling $850.

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NEW LEBANON -- A 4-year-old American alligator named Kobe escaped from his owner, Rhonda Leavitt of New Lebanon Thursday afternoon.
What happened yesterday, Leavitt says, was I was cleaning (Kobes cage) and I put Kobe in with the tortoises and shut the door, but apparently must not have shut it tight, because when I checked on him he was there around 2. And then when I looked again he was gone.

Kobe is under 4 feet in length, but still possesses the same big teeth and strong jaws of it's bigger relatives.

Animal control officer Wes Powell says his primary concern is not that a community member might be attacked, but that Kobe may come to harm.

To be honest, I am concerned about some residents that might try to grab him and keep him themselves.

This is not considered a dangerous animal, says Powell.  Hes going to run away from anyone who approaches him.

Rhonda agrees.  Kobe is docile unless provoked she says.

Rhonda operates Rhondas Reptiles, a sort of reptile sanctuary and rescue and is hoping the community keeps an eye out for her 39 inch pet gator, before he winds up in a nearby creek which empties out in the Hudson River.

Do not approach him. He will run.

Kobe is my buddy, Rhonda says tearfully, and I really want him home.

If you have any information on Kobes whereabouts contact Rhonda at donatelar2@aol.com or Animal Control officers at 518-794-0225 or

NEW LEBANON -- The search is on for a missing alligator in Columbia County.
According to a New Lebanon animal control officer, the 3 1/2 foot gator named Koby broke out of its cage and somehow escaped from the house. That home is located on Mill Road off of Route 20 in New Lebanon.
The alligator's owner has several exotic pets that travel to local schools for educational purposes.
The alligator has been missing since 3 p.m. Thursday. The home is a short distance to a nearby river so waterways are being searched for any signs of the reptile.
As of 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, the alligator is still missing.