This alligator roamed free through a Massachusetts neighborhood over the July Fourth weekend.
This alligator roamed free through a Massachusetts neighborhood over the July Fourth weekend. (Lowell Police Department/Lowell Animal Control)

Police capture foot-long gator in Massachusetts

LOWELL, Mass. — Police have captured a foot-long alligator that was spotted roaming around a residential Massachusetts neighborhood over the July Fourth weekend.

Lowell police say they received a call around 7:30 p.m. Sunday reporting the alligator was walking down a street in the city's Highlands neighborhood. Responding officers located the animal along the side of the road.

Animal control officers arrived on the scene and took custody of the alligator. It was transported to a facility specializing in reptile rehabilitation for an evaluation.

There's no word on where the alligator came from.

This isn't the first time an alligator has turned up in Lowell.

The Boston Globe reports a 2-foot alligator was spotted swimming in the city's Merrimack Canal in 2012.

The Swiss army battles its latest foe: Bedbugs in dorms

GENEVA — The Swiss army is working hard to fend off its latest foe: bedbugs.

The defense department said Monday that a parents' day event planned for July 16 is being cancelled because bedbugs have appeared in dormitories and fabrics used by three companies at an infantry training school in several parts of French-speaking Switzerland.

It said no one's health was in danger but "several recruits had bites typical of bedbugs."


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Disinfection measures have been taken and specialists have been called in to clean up the sites. The three companies will not travel to Bure, along the French border near northern Basel, for the "Parents Day" celebration on July 16 that has been cancelled to prevent a wider contamination.

— Associated Press