SLIDELL, LA (WGNO) – Students at Slidell High School had a surprise visitor on campus Tuesday, wishing them well in their first week of exams.

A four-and-a-half-foot alligator made it’s way on to the school grounds at about 10 a.m., according to the Slidell Police Department.

Police said Resource Officer, Bridie Stevens, was alerted of the situation and she along with Resources Officer Sergeant Jeff Kahrs, were able to contain the gator with a 30 minute standoff Slidell Police Animal Control arrived.

Animal Control Officer, Emily Spohrer, safely captured the alligator and turned it over to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, where Slidell PD said it was released it back to the wild.

Police said no students were in danger during the incident because of the precautions taken.