BARC animal enforcement officers, Houston Police Department and the Harris County Animal Shelter collaborated to relocate a 7-foot alligator spotted on the banks of a jogging trail near White Oak Bayou in the Heights on May 17.
HPD and BARC responded to a call about the alligator who was scaring residents by getting a little too close to the running trail. BARC animal enforcement officers were able to capture the alligator and discovered that he had been shot by an arrow that was still lodged in him.
The alligator was transported to BARC where veterinarians were able to carefully remove the arrow. The Harris County Animal Shelter assisted BARC in providing X-rays to determine the arrow was left in the alligator's skin. Upon examining the X-rays, BARC officers discovered the alligator had been shot by an arrow and had B.B. pellets lodged in his head, but the pellets did not appear to be causing harm.
Veterinarians administered medication to prevent infection and then safely relocated him to a more suitable location where he will hopefully be able to live out the rest of his life unbothered by humans.
Watch the raw footage of the alligator rescue from KHOU.