A 150-kilo (330-pound) pet crocodile was seized by authorities from the yard of a house in Tlaquepaque, a city in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, officials said.
“Chuy,” who is more than two meters (6.5 feet) long, lived in a small pen set up by his owner, Salvador Venegas, Tlaquepaque fire and emergency management department director Luis Enrique Mederos said.
Venegas, who lives in the poor Artesanos neighborhood, said he got the croc as a gift 12 years ago and fed him four or five chickens a day.
The reptile was seized thanks to an anonymous tip that may have come from its owner, who “could no longer keep feeding” Chuy, Mederos said.
Eight firefighters needed nearly two hours to capture the crocodile, who was taken to the Guadalajara Zoo to be evaluated by veterinarians.
There have been no reports that the croc attacked anyone, officials said.