What Was an Alligator Doing Hangin’ Out in Poughkeepsie?
An alligator was found hangin ' out at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie.
Here's an unusual site you don't see every day. A man and his grandson were taking a walk through Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie this past Monday when they came upon a 3-foot alligator. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, the grandfather, Herb Maynard first thought it was an artist's tapestry but then decided to gently poke it with a stick.
Poking an alligator with a stick is not recommended if you value your arms and/or legs. Luckily this alligator just blinked its eye and remained motionless. Because it was a relatively small alligator, Maynard considered picking it up but was afraid it might freak out other people walking in the park. Maynard made the wise decision and asked his daughter to call 911.
Poughkeepsie Police Officer, Robert Haberski responded to the call and when he arrived, he picked up the alligator, who was being very cooperative and with some help, placed black electrical tape around its mouth. The alligator was transported to the 'Two By Two Zoo' in Pleasant Valley, NY and has been designated for assignment. How the reptile got into the park is still a mystery.