Saturday, July 25, 2015


New York is full of jaywalkers, in Brooklyn it's a way of life, but this particular jaywalking story is definitely out of the ordinary.

Thursday afternoon rush hour in the Inwood section of the Bronx, the police were called to handle a jaywalker at 205th Street and Ninth Avenue. A crowd had gathered to watch the proceedings. Usually a jaywalker doesn't attract more than minor attention but this jaywalker wasn't your everyday type. This one was a 3 food juvenile alligator.

Once corralled, he was taken into custody by Animal Care & Control. Most likely an escapee from an exotic pet owner or an abandoned pet, this guy was on the hunt for a body of water. Exotic pets are illegal in NYC and plans were in place to move the gator to a sanctuary but unfortunately he died the next day. At this time there has been no determination as to the cause of death.

There are plenty of dogs, cat, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, fish and the assorted reptiles, all legal, that are in need of good homes so think twice before you purchase a cute little alligator because he's not gonna be so cute when he grows to more than a foot in length.

New York's reptilian jaywalker.

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