At Johnny's Saloon in Orange County, it was more than a joke early Saturday when a man arrived with his 3-foot pet gator on a leash.
By the time police and animal control officers arrived at Johnny's, the gator was in the man's vehicle in the parking lot. Officers followed him home, where another alligator was found, animal control spokesman Ryan Drabek said.
Both alligators were impounded and were being held Wednesday pending an investigation by the Department of Fish and Game, Drabek said.
Alligators are not native to California and it is illegal to keep them as pets.
A woman who answered the telephone at Johnny's Wednesday night declined to comment.