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Man claims famous TikTok alligator is 'being held hostage' following police chase

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TikTok famous pet alligator is being "held hostage" after it was taken in by police.Joshua Applebaum, 40, was involved in a high-speed pursuit before crashing his car when police tried to stop him for speeding earlier this month.

When deputies from the Lake County Sheriff's Department in Florida, US, nicked Applebaum they were shocked to find an alligator in the vehicle. READ MORE: Blind dog 'stolen by pair of sick thieves who made getaway on speedboat'"The passenger, 'Karen' the alligator, attempted to flee the scene but was taken into custody after a short scuffle," the department said on Facebook."Karen is not facing any charges at this time."Karen was later handed over to Cicchelli Second Chance Rescue and Exotics - but now Applebaum wants the four-foot reptile back.

He told FOX 2: "I was trying to protect what was mine, essentially the most precious thing in my life. I panicked."He said that he made bail a few days after his arrest and immediately started trying to get Karen back.

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