TULSA - Emergency crews were called to Tulsa Community College near 81st and Mingo Wednesday afternoon on a report of an alligator in the parking lot.
Brett Campbell, Provost for TCC, told KRMG at the scene that a student saw another student sitting in his Jeep in the parking lot, obviously in some sort of distress.
She notified campus police, who spotted the alligator in the vehicle when they approached.
At that point, the Tulsa Police Department and a State Game Warden were dispatched to the scene.
The Warden, Carlos Gomez, told KRMG the student said he had brought the animal to the school "for some kind of program."
However, Campbell said he wasn't aware of any programs at the school where that would have been appropriate.
He added that in 25 years of working with students, he had seen snakes, birds, and any number of animals -- but never an alligator.
Warden Gomez estimated the animal's length at four and a half feet.
He said that unfortunately, they respond to a lot of calls involving alligators, which are illegal to own in Oklahoma without a license.
The student, whose name was not released, said he'd "borrowed" the alligator from a friend in Bristow.
However, when Warden Gomez checked the records, that person was also not licensed to own the exotic animal.