A 4ft alligator has been captured from a lake in a New York park.
The reptile – which has reportedly been nicknamed Godzilla – was noticed on Sunday morning by workers in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
They contacted the park’s authorities, who then captured the gator in the park’s lake. It was later taken to the Bronx Zoo.
Alligators are native to the south-east of the US, in warm-climate states resembling Florida and Louisiana.
On Sunday, temperatures in New York reached highs of 9C (48.2F).
NYC Parks, the authority in cost of the metropolis’ inexperienced areas, mentioned the animal was in a poor situation, “very torpid and presumably chilly shocked” when it was discovered.
It isn’t recognized how the alligator got here to be in the lake however the authority has warned residents to not launch animals into town’s parks, which it mentioned was unlawful.
Nobody was harmed by the alligator, which is being “evaluated”, NYC Parks mentioned.
Alongside the “potential hazard” of letting animals go in town’s parks, non-indigenous wildlife can “result in the elimination of native species and unhealthy water high quality”, the authority mentioned.
Every year, City Park Rangers throughout town reply to round 500 stories involving animals, NYC Parks mentioned.