Gotham Gator Dies in Custody

Jul 26, 2015

The Gotham gator apprehended in uptown Manhattan on Thursday, after roaming the city for days and possibly even weeks, has died in custody

Police brought the juvenile reptile to the New York Animal Care Center, but, despite efforts to acclimate the creature, it succumbed to an unknown illness, or perhaps internal injuries suffered while navigating busy thoroughfares.

“Sadly the alligator, which staff had named CockadoodleQ, died this morning,” an NYACC spokesperson announced. “We have no knowledge of the conditions CockadoodleQ had lived in prior to his arrival that contributed to his death.”

Alligators are also brilliant at masking sickness or wounds, say wildlife experts, since in their natural environment displaying weakness can easily flip the tables on them, turning predator into prey.

It’s illegal in NYC for citizens to house the animals, of course, and investigators suspect that the unknown owner of the Gotham gator probably abandoned it once it reached a size that was no longer “cute” or manageable.

Before CockadoodleQ suddenly died in custody, the 3-foot-long reptile was destined for a sanctuary; the only suitable placement for pet alligators because they can’t be released into the wild or adopted out, and zoos usually won’t take them, either.

Eponymous Rox

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