Mount Kisco, NY - Alligator in Wooden Crate Left at Water Department
Mount Kisco, NY - The home-made plywood crate left overnight on the village Highway Department grounds had a warning scrawled in red marker on the lid - “Do not open. Live Gator.”
Yeah, right, probably a Halloween prank, thought Ed Sordellini a 39-year-old machine and equipment operator.
“When I opened it we were saying, ” ‘Is it real?’ ‘Is it alive?’ Then we tapped the crate a little and it hissed and we all jumped back.”
There, curled and still with its eyes open and its rounded snout closed was a three-foot American alligator, in a hay-lined crate with room for it to move.
No note inside. No explanation. Just a dark green alligator in a wooden box.
It isn’t clear why a person left the gator in front of the Water Department building at the foot of Columbus Avenue.
“I’m not a zoologist, but I watch those alligator shows and this is not a crocodile, because it has a rounded nose,” said Sordellini. “We didn’t touch it because we like our fingers where they are.”
Officials at the Highway Department are reaching out to wildlife experts and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. [LoHud]
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