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.
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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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