NYPD 34th Precinct ?@NYPD34Pct So this alligator was crossing 9th Ave in #Inwood...no, really. At 205 Str. Cops took him to Animal Control. From the 34th Twitter page. 7/23/15

Alligator Found in Manhattan is Dead

The alligator found wandering the streets of upper Manhattan has died, sources said.

The animal, which is illegal to own in New York City, was brought to New York Animal Care Centers by police on Thursday. It was held there overnight while officials looked for a sanctuary to take it.

Cop saw the two-foot reptile trying to cross Ninth Ave. at W. 205th Street in Inwood on Thursday afternoon.

“He was pretty feisty,” said Deputy Inspector Chris Morello.

It is unknown whether the gator was a pet that escaped or was dumped buy his owner.

Animal rescuer Sean Casey, who is a reptile expert, said people are enchanted by tiny alligators only to lose interest as they grow.

“There is this misconception that zoos will take them,” he said. “They can’t be released. They can’t be let go. It’s really sad.”

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