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CHOMP! Florida Alligator stories

  • PHOTOS: Gator wrangling roundup
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  • Chomp Chomp....a gator takes on a patrol car
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  • Man finds 10-foot alligator swimming in his pool
  • Alligator Roundups
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  • Spring breakers arrested for taunting gator
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  • Cat takes on gators... and wins!
  • Record alligator captured in Florida
  • Nurse makes record-breaking alligator catch
  • Tampa man shoots at alligator attacking his dog
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  • WATCH: Gator captured on man's front porch
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  • Alligator attacks, kills Sarasota family's dog
  • GIANT GATOR: Panhandle teen baits record gator
  • 12-foot gator caught in St. Petersburg
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  • One-armed trapper bitten by alligator
  • Deputies wrangle gator near Pinellas school
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  • Swampmaster plans first show since gator nearly rips his arm off
  • PHOTOS: Man survives attack by 500-pound gator
  • VIDEO: Cops cuff 8-foot gator
  • WATCH: Neighbors tie up alligator roaming on subdivision sidewalk
  • Alligator attacks man swimming in lake
  • VIDEO: Man attacked by 8-foot gator as horrified crowd watches
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  • SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Three rescued alligators are set to fly from Phoenix to Tampa on a Southwest Airlines flight Wednesday. The gators won't be flying first class or coach, but will be in secure crates in the plane's cargo section.

    Pictures: Alligators wrangled, hunted around Florida

    The trio named Little Beefer, Simon and Theodore have been living at the Phoenix Herpetological Society in north Scottsdale for about six years.

    The Society says the three are rescue gators.

    KTVK-TV says Little Beefer was found in the back of a trailer with about 30 other gators in Casa Grande in 2005.

    The other two reptiles were confiscated by the Department of Game and Fish from owners who kept them illegally.

    Now all three are headed to Citra, Florida to live at the El Lagarto Farm, a sanctuary run by alligator enthusiast Kerry Swan. 

    The gators are expected to arrive in Tampa shortly before 7 p.m.

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