Police say they've seized an alligator, a python and tarantulas from a Rhode Island man who was charging people to take pictures with the creatures at a comic book convention in Massachusetts.
Framingham police confiscated the animals and arrested the 41-year-old Warwick, Rhode Island man on an unrelated warrant. Authorities have not released the identity of the suspect.
"That's wild, literally," said Pat Murphy of Southborough.
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"I guess it fits right in with the theme of Comic-Con," added Florence Goliger of Framingham.
Police say they received a tip that the man was charging Super Megafest Comic-Con attendees to take pictures with the animals on Saturday.
"All kinds of people in this world, that's all I can say," said Phil Giuliani of Wellesley.
"I don't think they're really thinking it through," said Frankie Gwynne of Beverly. "I thought Comic-con was supposed to be about dressing up, not bringing the real thing."
Massachusetts Environmental Police have taken over custody of the animals. The suspect was also issued a wildlife summons.