1980s Horror Flick "Alligator" Becomes Reality!

08/25/2010

Alligator NYC Joyce Hackett An alligator was recently captured in New York City. And it's not alone. Wildlife officials report that each year several alligators, caimans and crocodiles are captured within the city. Most are juveniles presumably released by people who thought they'd make good pets and then dumped the animals when they realized making pets of carnivorous reptiles that can grow 10-20 feet in length is a really stupid idea.  With the numbers of uninformed and irresponsible people out there doing this, maybe there really are alligators in the sewers....

I can't help but think that this is the real version of the classic 1980 horror movie "Alligator."  In the film, a pet alligator gets flushed down the toilet and grows to gargantuan size in the sewers.  After watching this clip, you'll understand why I was always paranoid as a kid about jumping into the swimming pool at night!  

Photo by Joyce Hackett via New York Times website.

David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. His goal is to inspire others to appreciate the wonders of nature. Meet David >
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