Rhode Island has a foreign visitor in the form of a four legged, scaled, toothy Floridian.
That’s right. We’ve got ourselves an alligator.
The Alligator, likely someones pet who was carelessly discarded, is only about three feet long, putting his age anywhere from 2-6 years.
Alligators, which are legal with a permit, are often sought out as a exotic pet, but many people do not have the space or monetary means to take care of these animals once they begin to grow.
The Department of Environmental management has been alerted of his presence, and have chosen to leave him to do…whatever alligators do. Because of his size he isn’t much of a threat.
So next time your walking around the Woonasquatucket River, take caution, and if you do see the animal, please leave him be. It is crucial that while the animal is living here we cohabitate peacefully.
Until the Alligator is removed to a safe environment, a rescue, or he succumbs to our fast approaching winter, keep an eye out, keep the children and the dog close, and let nature take it’s course.
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