It’s not a myth: an alligator was discovered in a frigid lake in New York City on Sunday, far from the subtropical and tropical regions where such animals thrive.
Around 8:30 a.m., a 4-foot (1.2-meter) reptile was removed from Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Lake and transported to the Bronx Zoo for medical attention and rehabilitation before being placed in an animal care facility.
According to city officials, the gator appeared listless and may have been cold-shocked.
They claimed that it was probably dumped as an unwanted pet. It is prohibited to release animals in city parks. Authorities are looking into it.
The idea that alligators inhabit the city’s sewer system has long intrigued New Yorkers, who even observe Alligators in the Sewers Day as an unofficial holiday in February.
Sightings like the one on Sunday keep the urban legend going, but specialists debunk the sewage idea.
They claim that alligators are unsuited to the poisonous, chilly environment of the sewer system.