The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/RI5VXi ) reports that the workers found the reptile near a sewer outfall behind a pump station Thursday. They think it was probably dying from the cold.
The men put the alligator in a garbage can filled with warm water to revive it. The animal is recovering and will be kept until a permanent home can be found — with the help of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
They said that despite the popular urban legend about alligators living in sewer, they've never heard of one being found.
They think somebody probably dumped it in response to the new state law that requires owners to register exotic animals.