Alligator spotted crossing the street in Montreal
You may think witnessing an alligator crossing a Montreal street in the dead of winter is one of those things that'll never happen to you, but a recent incident proves you truly never know.
Mayssam Samaha told the Montreal Gazette she was having coffee with her friends this past weekend when she noticed an animal that looked exactly like an alligator crossing Rue Jarry in Montreal.
She then lept from her seat and ran to capture the whole thing on video.
The video, which she later posted to Twitter, shows the slow-moving animal crossing multiple lanes on the fairly busy street before ducking under a parked car on the other side of the road.
Just an alligator crossing Jarry, no big deal 🐊 #montreal #shook #mtlmoments pic.twitter.com/EEMch6aGK1— mayssam samaha (@mayssamaha) December 15, 2019
Samaha told the Gazette she then saw a man, who was presumably the animal's owner, pick it up and put it in his minivan.
Still, she was concerned for its safety.
"I was so worried about him, between the traffic and the temperature," she wrote online.
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending.
After the cafe owners called the police and Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante tweeted that she'd get city crews on the case, she then confirmed the animal was safe and sound.
I bet when @Val_Plante became mayor, she never thought she would be tweeting about a loose alligator in the city. 🐊 https://t.co/b1dFsgjNC7— Rani Cruz (@ranic) December 16, 2019
She tweeted that the alligator was returned to its rightful owner, who had all the necessary permits, and the animal was actually part of an educational project.
She also thanked the residents who flagged the situation and the police who reacted quickly.
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