NYC has a solid history of strange critters roaming its streets. Some have come in from the wild: raccoons, hawks, eagles, bears and coyotes fall into this category. Presumably they come looking for what they would normally eat and when they arrive they find, much to their annoyance, all these streets, buildings and people. Drat!!
An alligator has just been found wandering the streets of Inwood and it’s unlikely it just crawled up out of the swamps so where did it come from?
Alligators, boa constrictors (yes one found recently) and crocodiles which are discovered in NYC way out of their natural habitat are abandoned by people who have had them as pets. And then the equation of large alligator, small NYC apartment becomes obvious and the dim witted previous owner abandons what was once a cute pet to the harsh reality of city life.
This alligator, a relatively young guy or gal of 1-2 years old and a modest 3 feet long, was rescued by the NYPD who took it to Animal Care & Control. It was looked after very well indeed but then died for no apparent reason. Though honestly the strange truths of NYC living must be hard on the constitution of a native swamp dweller. This intrepid alligator had been named by the Animal Care & Control people as CockadoodleQ. Sorry to see you pass away CockadoodleQ, we did our best to help you