COLUMBIA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Kobe the alligator is home. Rhonda Leavitt, who owns Rhonda's Reptiles on Mill Road near Route 20 in New Lebanon, says she decided to go for a late night walk to look for Kobe. She spotted the gator in a pond near her store Wednesday night.
Leavitt says she jumped into the pond to retrieve him. She and her husband then put the alligator into a warm bath to bring Kobe's body temperature up. She says she is thankful to have him back.
"I can't express how awesome it felt to have him back. Trust me this will never happen again. I'm getting a security system and all of my animals will be tagged with a GPS so something like this never happens again," Leavitt said.
Kobe disappeared back on August 21st. Rhonda thinks someone stole the gator thinking it was worth a lot of money. But State Police say there is no evidence that leads them to believe that the gator was stolen.