An small alligator wandered the streets of New York City on Thursday, shocking passersby, police, and animal control.
The New York Police Department announced the alligator’s presence on its Twitter page with disbelief leaking into the post: “So this alligator was crossing 9th Ave., no, really.”
Predictably, the online community had fun with the announcement:
Police told the New York Daily News the alligator
was "feisty," and said they believed someone might have dropped the three-foot gator off.
Animal rescuer Sean Casey told the newspaper that the alligator appeared to be 1 or 2 years old. It was captured without incident.
“It’s probably someone’s pet they either dumped or it escaped, " he said, adding it wasn’t an uncommon situation. "When they are six-inch little babies, they are the cutest little things. People don’t think about what they are doing. "
Although it may be unusual to see an alligator actually walking the streets of New York, the reptiles do live in the area as pets. On Wednesday, police were serving a warrant in Brooklyn and found that the man had nine boa constrictors and a small alligator in his apartment, AMNew York reported.
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