COLUMBIA COUNTY, N.Y. -- An almost four foot long alligator is still on the loose in New Lebanon.
Kobe the alligator got loose from Rhonda's Reptiles on Mill Road near Route 20 in New Lebanon.
Kobe disappeared from Rhonda's around 4 p.m. Thursday and now animal control is warning people who live in the area to be careful. Alligators, being cold blooded, need to bask in the sun for heat, so there's some concern Kobe could wander onto people's yards.
The alligator's owner says her gator ran away while she was cleaning his cage and she warns if you do see him, to not approach him.
"When I was cleaning his pen yesterday, I put him in a different pen and he got out. That's never happened in the years that I've owned him. This is a first and I panicked and started looking for him. If anybody does see him, don't approach him because he will run away," said Rhonda Leavitt.
Leavitt runs Rhonda's Reptiles as a rescue charity for reptiles that are injured or abandoned. She provides shelter and care for critters, like Kobe, and tries to adopt them out to new homes.
Leavitt also rents the reptiles out for kids' birthday parties.