Gator on the loose but not a threat:

WPRI reports on the alligator that has been spotted recently in the Woonasquatucket River around Eagle Square. Apparently the DEM has no plans to try to remove it and assume it will just die in the winter (kinda sad).

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8 Responses to Gator!

  1. jen coleslaw July 27, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    Kinda sad, yes, but better that than someone taking it upon themselves to catch it and turning it into soup or alligator steaks or a wallet or something. I think if there had been a safe place for this creature to go, catching and relocating would have been a good idea…

  2. Eric July 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    Can’t we just put it a retiree’s Cadillac on the way down to Florida for the winter?

  3. Tom July 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    I burst out laughing at “The geese are on high alert”. And for the record, they’re ducks, Walt.

  4. Tony P July 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    Not for anything but there’s plenty of food source for a gator in that river.

    And not that I would swim in that, it’s got a lot of heavy metal pollution in the sediment.

  5. Jef Nickerson July 28, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    I know they’d have build an enclosure, and probably hire or train some staff, but wouldn’t it be nice if the zoo came and got the gator and made an exhibit? You know, rather than just letting it die.

  6. Eric July 28, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    PETA should get involved with this instead of throwing paint at people and berating non-vegans

  7. RunawayJim July 30, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Are you actually suggesting that PETA actually do something useful and constructive with their time?

  8. jen coleslaw July 30, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    My understanding was that the zoo was contacted but because they don’t know where this alligator has been, they risk the other animals’ health by bringing in a “stray.”

    It is unfortunate that there’s no place at the zoo to quarantine such a beast until it is determined to be healthy (albeit full of heavy metals and mercury) but the zoo hasn’t had a “mascot” since the miserable summer of polar bear death, maybe this guy could be the new mascot of the city…Scrappy, mean and living off rats sounds just like Providence a lot of the time.

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