Two women who were giving their alligator a bathroom break were pulled over by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Tuesday, after a concerned caller feared the reptile was being left by the side of the road.
The reptilian encounter began when the Sheriff's Department Lancaster station received a "suspicious activity" call at 11 a.m. The caller reported seeing two women standing near a van that was parked on the edge of the road. The caller said that one of the women was holding a four-foot long alligator in her arms.
"The caller feared the female was about to abandon the beast in the desert," according to a sheriff's statement. The women reloaded the alligator then left, and the caller followed them.
Deputies located and stopped the van. They found that the women also had a kangaroo. They explained to deputies that they are part of a "Zoo to You" program based in Paso Robles. They had left Quartz Hill Elementary School after showing the students the animals.
"It seems the alligator forgot to use the restroom before leaving the school and soiled its cage," according to the Sheriff's Department. "After a quick photo op, the deputies bid the ladies farewell saying 'See you later alligator'."
"In all the time I've been here I've never had an alligator call," said sheriff's Deputy Michael Rust.