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Baby bobcat bites teen; alligator captured

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PARKER COUNTY, Texas -

A bobcat kitten bit a teenager when she tried to rescue it near Azle, and that wasn't the only animal wrangling in Parker County this week.

Around midnight on July 2, a 16-year-old girl found the juvenile bobcat off Veal Station Road near Azle. The girl's mother told the Sheriff's Office her daughter thought the bobcat's mother had been injured and the kitten was abandoned.

As the girl tried to rescue and cage the wild cat, it bit her, puncturing her right index finger. She was taken to the hospital, treated and released.

The kitten was captured and is now at a rescue facility under quarantine. After the quarantine period is over, the bobcat will remain in the rescue facility's care.

The very next day, Parker County Animal Control officers were called to the town of Reno to catch a baby with even sharper teeth -- a small alligator.

The reptile, about 18-inches long, was discovered in someone's garage off Old Reno Road. Some youngsters had managed to secure it in a plastic bucket until animal control officers arrived.

Parker County officials called the Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden, who in turn called the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. The center agreed to take the small alligator and hope it will become part of its children's educational programs.

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