KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KAKE) - A petting zoo's small alligator that went missing from a Kansas City middle school has been found after 11 days. 

The KC Pet Project reports a petting zoo brought the 14-inch gator, which had its mouth taped shut, to Lakeview Middle School in KCMO on May 23 for an end-of-the-year celebration.

"We received an anonymous tip that it was discovered to be outside of the school, on the first day of summer school," the KC Pet Project said Monday. "The alligator’s mouth was still taped shut."

The animal shelter is investigating where the alligator has been and says a veterinarian will examine the animal. 

 
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A Kansas City animal shelter and local fire officials are searching for a small alligator that went missing from a middle school on Thursday.

The KC Pet Project reports a petting zoo brought the 14-inch gator, which had its mouth taped shut, to Lakeview Middle School in KCMO for an end-of-the-year celebration. It was last seen at around 11 a.m.

According to KC Pet Services, the school did not obtain an animal shows permit from the Animal Services Division for the petting zoo, KMBC reports. City code prohibits alligators in the city.

"KC Pet Project's Animal Services Division is committed to public safety, which is why permits are required for these types of events," the KC Pet Project said. "Any type of event that showcases animals in Kansas City, MO, must have the proper permits to ensure that the event is safe for all participants as well as the animals."

The shelter thanked the local fire department for working to find the animal. 

 
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