Alligator confiscated in drug raid off to Florida

August 22, 2008 6:39:01 PM PDT
An alligator that has been living at the Oakland Zoo since being rescued during a drug bust in March is ready to be relocated to an alligator sanctuary in Florida, zoo officials said today.

"Nimitz," the 5-foot alligator, had existed on a diet of hot dogs and been kept in a small fish tank when he was taken in by the Oakland Zoo after being confiscated by the California Department of Fish and Game, according to zoo officials.

Nimitz reportedly could barely walk and had never been outside when he first arrived at the zoo.

Five months later, Nimitz is ready to join other alligators at Croc Encounters, a 22-acre crocodile and alligator facility in Florida.