Firefighter spots alligator crossing road
Why did the alligator cross the road?
Firefighter Scott Hurst says he doesn’t know, but he won’t forget seeing the 3-foot, sand-colored reptile, wearing a dark brown collar, hustling across the street at 7 a.m. Sunday.
The alligator appeared headed for a city street-drain, perhaps for a new life as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Gator.
And now, Hurst’s fellow firefighters have dubbed him “Gator.”
Hurst, 47, a city firefighter for 15 years, picked up the alligator by its collar and tail.
No one was around as it was early on a Sunday morning.
He used a bungee cord to tie the reptile in the back of his pickup truck, then drove to a fire station and summoned animal control.
Supervisor Tom DeChellis said the alligator was resting Monday inside an animal carrier while officers worked to place it with a wildlife specialist.
The alligator is believed to be an escaped or abandoned pet, but DeChellis said he did not expect it to be claimed. People who want to own alligators in Massachusetts must obtain a permit after a rigorous screening in which they must prove they are using them in education and research.
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