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Crazy Croc Captured

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 23rd, 2007

As they say in the song, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” An alligator found in New York City apparently was forced to take the challenge. Perhaps this signals the beginning of a rash of “teleporting crocodilians” in America?

Alligator on New York’s Long Island

Human beings were not the only ones basking in a sudden spate of warm weather in the US over the weekend.

An alligator was spotted yesterday sunbathing by a small pond, marking a startling sight for a community about 56km from Manhattan.

The reptile, an American alligator, is native to the southern US, and it is against New York State law to own one, said Ray Gross, the chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Green with yellowish stripes and roughly 60 centim long, the animal appeared to be about three years old, Gross said.

Its gender was unknown.

Suffolk County police were involved in capturing the alligator, which “wasn’t too happy to see us,” said Officer Vinny O’Shaughnessy.

“We were incredulous at first, but then we knew that we had to do something about it,” he said.

The SPCA is looking for whoever may have released the alligator.From correspondents in Huntington, New York
Australian Broadcasting Company, April 23, 2007

Yes, while this one may have been another escaped pet, I deal with the long ago sightings and origins, since, at least, the 1930s of alligators in the sewers in America, and even Charles Fort’s detailing of the “crazy crocs” reported out-of-place in England in the 1800s, in Mysterious America, to be released on April 24th. Listen to Coast to Coast AM tonight.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


4 Responses to “Crazy Croc Captured”

  1. fuzzy responds:

    Good Luck with your new book, Loren…

  2. shovethenos responds:

    Don’t forget the Buffalo case. That alligator survived at least one winter – it’s thought by huddling next to warm pipes or vents. That makes some of the B-movie scenarios not so far fetched.

  3. Unknown Primate responds:

    Just read about three recent cases of alligators in Indiana (where it’s legal to own them). A 7-footer found dead in Berne, just last week, a live 3′ one in Gary a month ago, and another dead one in Gary in January. Of course they were pets, but still seems like quite a few for a midwestern state.

  4. Mnynames responds:

    Just think, in another decade or so, these guys should be able to survive the much milder winters…



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