A 4-FOOT ALLIGATOR WAS JUST “RESCUED” FROM BROOKLYN’S PROSPECT PARK LAKE IN NYC
I remember a conversation with my spouse a few years ago when she asked me if there were really alligators in New York City’s sewers. I said no, of course, and explained that it’s just an urban legend. So she asked how it could even be a legend? So I explained about the bad movie from forever ago, and how people flush unwanted pets down the toilet. But still, it’s an urban legend, right? There are no alligators in New York City. And then we had the very recent news of a 4-foot alligator “rescued” from the lake in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Brooklyn, as in the New York City borough. And alligator, as in 4 freaking feet long!
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ON SUNDAY, RESCUERS PULLED 4-FOOT ALLIGATOR FROM PROSPECT PARK LAKE’S COLD WATERS
And, well, this happened just a few days ago! It was just on Sunday that it was pulled from the still quite cold waters of Prospect Park Lake at about 8:30 in the morning. The rescuers immediately took it to an animal care center, and then on to the Bronx Zoo for specialized medical treatment and rehabilitation. It’s not easy being an alligator in even these crazy warm winter temperatures. It seemed to be lethargic and shocked by the cold. City officials think that someone dumped it in the park lake as an unwanted pet. And yes, that’s against the law and police are investigating.
HOW CAN POLICE INVESTIGATE WHO DUMPED YOUNG ALLIGATOR INTO PROSPECT PARK LAKE, ASK IT?
I’m not sure that investigation is going to get very far, unless forensics can pull human fingerprints off of living alligator skin. I’ve been to Prospect Park and walked around its lake years and years ago, and don’t recall seeing any surveillance cameras hanging from the random tree here and there either. Maybe that’s changed? But now I’ll have to explain to my wife again how there are still definitely no alligators in NYC’s sewers. But her skepticism of that will surely be informed of this alligator “rescue” news, especially as it’s just a few weeks after another alligator was rescued from a cooler left in a New Jersey parking lot.
I’ll try to distract her with the other alligator news, how an 11-foot monster just killed a poor old lady in Florida. That’s no urban legend….