X-ray scans of an alligator that was rescued from Prospect Park’s lake last week have revealed an unexpected object lodged in its digestive system. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which assisted in the rescue operation, the alligator had swallowed a tub stopper.
The alligator, which measures about six feet in length, was first spotted by park-goers on February 15th. After several hours of monitoring, authorities decided to intervene and rescue the animal due to concerns about its well-being and the safety of the public. The alligator was eventually captured and transported to the WCS’s Animal Health Center in the Bronx for examination and treatment.
It wasn’t until the alligator was given an X-ray that the presence of the tub stopper was discovered. The WCS says that the stopper, which likely fell into the park’s lake accidentally, could have caused serious harm to the alligator’s digestive system if left untreated.
Dr. Paul Calle, the chief veterinarian at the WCS, says that the alligator is in stable condition and is currently undergoing treatment to remove the stopper from its system. “We’re doing everything we can to ensure the alligator’s health and well-being,” he said.
While it’s uncommon for alligators to be found in urban areas like Brooklyn, it’s not unheard of. In recent years, there have been several sightings of alligators in New York City’s waterways, likely due to the animals being kept as illegal pets and then released into the wild. The WCS reminds the public to never approach or attempt to handle wild animals and to report any sightings to authorities.
The alligator’s rescue and recovery have garnered attention from animal lovers and local residents alike. Many have expressed relief that the animal is receiving the care it needs and have praised the WCS for their efforts.
The WCS says that the alligator will be kept under observation for the next several weeks before a decision is made about its long-term care. In the meantime, the organization is urging the public to respect wildlife and to do their part in keeping New York City’s parks and waterways safe for all creatures.