An Alligator strolling down a New York City street is not a sight often seen in the Big Apple, but after years of hearing the legend of alligators living in the New York City sewers, it’s about time one finally made its way out. While that is just one of the theories being tossed around about the origin of the alligator seen crossing 9th Ave. on Thursday, a few other more feasible theories are offered up today as to how the alligator became a sidewalk stroller.
According to AJ Journal on July 24, it was a three-foot alligator seen sauntering down the sidewalk today and it was maybe about one or two years old, suggest the authorities. When police were informed of this reptile taking Manhattan, they put out an announcement on Twitter. Before the Twitter announcement this alligator had already shocked passersby who were very eager to give it plenty of room on the sidewalk.
The New York Police Department tweets: “So this alligator was crossing 9th Ave., no, really at 205 Str. Cops took him to Animal Control #what next.” This was tweeted as a caption to the picture above. Showing the brazen reptile crossing 9th Ave.
The Christian Science Monitor reports today that alligators are illegal in the State of New York. This alligator was three-feet-long, so no wonder folks gave him a sizable portion of the sidewalk as they passed by.
So just how did this alligator come to be strolling the sidewalks of New York? While Fox News live today joked about it rising out of the sewers, a few other suggestions made more sense. The leading theory is that someone purchased the alligator as a cute pet when he was tiny, but some folks don’t think about the future size that these creatures can grow to. So when he got too big, someone just let him loose.
Animal rescuer Sean Casey said “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.”
Another theory suggests that he is a pet that got loose, but you would think that whoever owns the alligator would be missing him by now and with all the hoopla around the reptile, they would know how to find him today.
The police did say he was feisty, but he was captured “without incident” and carted off to the Animal Control folks. Sadly, the alligator has since died and the cause of his death is a mystery, reports the Christian Science Monitor today.