Authorities in Volusia County, Fla., have charged Sean Lewis, 45, with alligator poaching after his mother called 911 on Monday to report him. Lewis told cops he received the small alligator from a friend who was supposed to come back for the animal, but never did, NBC Miami reported.
However, the friend never returned.
After a while Lewis decided to keep the animal in a bathtub in a home he shared with his mother.
She wasn’t pleased, especially after he converted the bathtub into a makeshift aquarium, with a cinder block inside meant to simulate dry land and an overhead heat lamp to simulate sunlight. The woman called 911, and authorities came over to get the gator.