In western Massachusetts the Westfield river runs from the east Berkshires down to the Connecticut river in Springfield.
Over the past few months an alligator has been spotted many times in the Westfield by boaters and fishermen.
Yesterday it was captured by a brave man in Agawam MA and he turned the reptile over to the Massachusetts Environmental Police who has relocated our crocadilian friend to a facility that will care for the alligator and nurse it back to health after two months in very very cold water.
Whether the creature will be relocated to the wild in the southern US or it will end up in a zoo or aquarium in Boston is unknown right now,right now it is safe and healthy and that is what is known.It's lucky to have been caught now for another week in these frigid waters and it would have likely died,I'm honestly surprised it lived to make it to it's rescue.In Massachusetts all reptiles are in broomation by mid october,this is a real miracle!
Where it came from is unknown but likely an exotic pet that got loose,there are obviously not native.
I'm not good at posting links but Boston Globe has the story boston.com
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Due to federal law stating that an animal that has learned to associate food with humans may not be returned to the wild.The alligator will live out it's years educating children on wildlife in some type of wildlife program the news has reported