NEW LEBANON, N.Y. - The owner of an American alligator that escaped from his cage on Thursday is offering a $400 reward for his return.
Rhonda Leavitt says her alligator, Kobe, has been on the loose ever since Thursday when she was cleaning his cage and he escaped. Friends and a reptile expert gathered Saturday to search for Kobe.
"I've been searching the premises for probably a mile around to see if it's hiding somewhere if it went in the stream, hiding under debris. We've been here all day looking. I haven't seen it yet," said Aaron Bloom, of Aaron's Roaming Reptiles.
Although with no sign of Kobe and dropping temperatures time could be running out.
"Temperatures are going to be dropping for the next few days. That's my concern. Too many nights of that and he won't survive," said owner, Rhonda Leavitt.
Bloom says if someone sees Kobe they should not approach him.
"He can inflict a small bite but nothing life threatening," said Bloom.
Leavitt says she misses her buddy. The pair would do educational sessions at local schools and libraries. Leavitt is now offering the $400 reward to try and help her chances of finding Kobe before it's too late.
If you see Kobe, please contact the State Police at (845) 677-7300.