Crocodile Found in Unlikely Place

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Authorities say that Mexican fishermen captured a seven-and-a-half-foot crocodile in the Rio Grande, the river that divides Mexico and the United States.

They turned the animal over to a local animal shelter.

The animal was caught on a fisherman's line Saturday in a sparsely populated stretch of the river on the outskirts of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas.

The crocodile weighed about 130 pounds and appeared to be in good condition. That's according to a commander of the Nuevo Laredo fire department, where the fishermen first brought the animal in the back of a pickup truck.

It was then turned over to the local Animal Protection Society. Federal environmental officials were informed of the capture, and will eventually decide what is to be done with the animal.

Crocodiles do not normally inhabit the Rio Grande. Authorities believe it may have been brought to the area as a pet and then released into the river by its owner.