An alligator has been caught keeping a New Jersey park closed for two weeks. It is not known why the animal was released.
Police first received a report of a one-foot alligator in the wild in New Jersey on August 23. He was spotted in Middlesex at Victor Crowell Park. For security reasons, the decision was made to close the park immediately. The animal was seen several times in various places in the area and eluded the services.
According to local media, on Thursday evening local time, a concerned resident notified the police that he had noticed an alligator on one of the streets in Piscataway Township, more than three kilometers away.
Authorities posted a video on social media showing the moment the reptile was captured. The officers surrounded the alligator, immobilized him and wrapped a thick rope around his neck.
He went to the zoo
The escapee was safely transferred to the Cape May County Zoo and the park reopened.
It is not known how the alligator ended up in the wild. These are animals that are not naturally found in New Jersey.
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