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- Another inmate told deputies he was feeding a sloth on Sunday when he heard a thump and saw Gibson tossing an iguana.
Authorities say an inmate at a Florida Keys jail fed iguanas, including one considered a pet, to an alligator at a small zoo run by the jail.
The Miami Herald reports the Monroe County jail inmate, Jason Aaron Gibson, was charged Monday with animal cruelty. He was already being held on a vehicle theft charge.
Another inmate told deputies he was feeding a sloth on Sunday when he heard a thump and saw Gibson tossing an iguana named Mojo into the alligator pen. The 6-foot-long alligator chomped down on Mojo and dragged him off. Deputies learned Gibson tossed another iguana to the alligator last month.
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The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm houses about 150 confiscated or abandoned animals.
It's unclear whether Gibson has an attorney who can comment.