Alligator called Godzilla found in NYC park lake has a four-inch BATH STOPPER stuck inside it – leading experts to believe it was ingested while being kept as a pet
- The lethargic female gator was found over the weekend by shocked witnesses in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park
- The animal is now being treated at the Bronx Zoo, where officials say she is sickly and underweight
- They also say a four-inch bathtub stopper has been found inside the animal, likely from her time living as someone’s pet
The emaciated alligator found over the weekend in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park hasa bath stopper stuck inside it, likely from its time being kept as a pet.
The gator, who was taken to the Bronx Zoo to receive treatment after it was found in a weakened state floating in the freezing Brooklyn waters on Sunday morning.
The gator, who’s been given the name Godzilla, was spotted Sunday morning by a passerby who called over park staff to apprehend the creature typically found in warm climates, which was spotted near Duck Island.
The large animal – who has been nicknamed Godzilla – was captured after being spotted in the waters
An x-ray of Godzilla taken at the zoo shows a four-inch bathtub plug inside her digestive system that she likely consumed at some point during her time as an illegal house pet
Godzilla was clearly feeling lethargic when she was easily removed from the lake in Brooklyn.
‘It wasn’t really moving,’ said Joseph Puleo, the vice president of District Council 27, which represents the park workers who ended up pulling the gator from the depths of the lake and corralling it to safety.
Meghan Lalor, a representative for the Parks Department, said the Prospect Park gator was likely a pet who became unwanted or outgrew its space and was subsequently released into public waters.
‘Thankfully, no one was harmed, and the animal is being evaluated,’ she said.
‘In this case, the animal was found very lethargic and possibly cold-shocked since it is native to warm, tropical climates.’
For now, Godzilla remains too weak and unresponsive to eat on her own, so she is being tube-fed with ‘nutrients as well a fluids, vitamin B, antibiotics and an antifungal medication.’
When the reptile was captured, it weighed only 15 pounds, less than half of what a gator of its size should weigh at its size and age, which officials suspect is about five or six.
Zoo officials said that the bathtub stopped that cannot yet be removed is likely something Godzilla ingested when she was being kept as a pet at someone’s house before being released into the wild terrain of New York City.
The female gator is sickly and underweight. She is currently being nursed back to health by professionals at the Bronx Zoo
The emaciated gator was easily corralled due to its weakened state and small stature
Godzilla is now being nursed back to health at the Bronx Zoo, where employees say x-rays revealed she at some point ate a four-inch bathtub stopper
Keeping an alligator as a pet in New York City is illegal, as is releasing animals into city parks.
Alligators are obviously not native to the area and experts warn that it is always a bad idea to release non-native animals into the environment, because, in addition to themselves, they can harm other species.
Alligators are native to tropical, warm environments, which is part of the reason this she-gator was having such a hard time navigating the freezing waters of Brooklyn.