A rare scene in this part of the country, the four-foot-long alligator Rescued from Brooklyn’s famous Prospect Park Lake on Sunday.
The wandering crocodile was most likely an unwanted pet and was described as being in poor condition and sluggish by park officials, a local news station. Reported by PIX11Officials said the lethargic crocodile may have suffered cold shock.
“Parks are not suitable homes for animals that are not native to those parks, whether domesticated or not,” a spokesperson said. In addition to potential danger, releasing non-native animals and unwanted pets can lead to their extinction Native species and unhealthy water quality. ”
Authorities took the alligator to an animal care center and then to the Bronx Zoo for rehabilitation, the news station said. increase.
It’s against the law to release animals new york city park. City park rangers respond to about 500 reported “animal conditions,” according to PIX11.
Visitors to the park were shocked to find crocodiles in the lake. “What? Crocodiles?! Okay… oh my god,” said Vijay Jacob, the father of the two new york post“It’s pretty scary because this part is a pretty kid-dominated section of the park.”
Another man, using the name Moses, told the newspaper: Moses also reportedly said: But man, I feel sick of it. Shouldn’t be in the lake. Are animals the same as humans? ”
Alligators regularly get lost in New York City. Authorities rescue a handful of alligators each year, but “typically they are former pets that were abandoned after they outgrew their cuteness,” says The New York Times. report.
They’re also one of New York’s most famous urban legends, a persistent belief that they live in the sewers of the big city. However, there seems to be some truth to this myth. On February 9, 1935, a group of his teenagers in East Harlem “tried an alligator out of a storm drain and pulled it up with a clothesline with a lasso,” reports The Times.
The crocodile bit the boys. They killed it with a shovel.
The incident led to the headline “Crocodile Spotted in Uptown Sewer”. New York City historian Michael Michone told the newspaper how this reinforced the myth of sewers and alligators.
“The appeal of the 1935 sighting was that it was discovered by a young boy and was the talk of this working-class neighborhood in East Harlem during the Great Depression,” Michone said.
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