Why did the alligator cross the road? To get away from the police!

Officers in Allegheny County are dealing with a scaly situation: an escaped alligator is roaming their streets. The creature was spotted crossing New England Road in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.

Police were only able to take a photo of the little alligator before it ran away. They are asking for the public’s help in finding the creature’s owner.

Police in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania spotted an alligator crossing the road. They're asking the public to keep an eye out for the creature.
Police in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania spotted an alligator crossing the road. They’re asking the public to keep an eye out for the creature. Photo Credit: Facebook

Officers are advising people in that area to be on the lookout for the reptile and to stay safe, but they also can’t help but laugh at the wacky situation. The police department joked on its Facebook post, asking if anyone was “missing this….little….guy?” They attached a picture of the 3-foot gator crossing the road.

“Last seen crossing New England Road,” the police department reported. “Maybe about 3ft long.”

The officers joked, writing that the gator “didn’t respond to any of the names we called it, and we weren’t able to check for a chip. Seriously though, if you see this wandering around, please call the police.”

The post got nearly 200 comments with name suggestions for the alligator. Some suggestions have included names like Greg and Lawrence, but there is a small majority that wants to call the creature Loki. Who knows, maybe the gator will become the future mascot of Allegheny County! The reptile is about 3-feet in length and anyone who spots it is advised to contact the police immediately.

This isn’t the first time that P.A. has had an alligator problem. For a land-locked state, it has developed a reputation for random gator sightings. Back in 2019, numerous gators were roaming the streets of Pittsburgh. The biggest gator that year was named Chomp and was owned by Mark McGowan. Chomp was nearly 5-feet in length and his owner was later arrested after police went to his home and found an additional two gators and a dozen other animals living there in unsafe conditions.

In response to all the reptiles in Pittsburgh, a group of local puppeteers created a music video for their new friends. The song is called Alligators of Pittsburgh. The video was sent to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review with the following message. “Is Pittsburgh’s future at stake as alligators steadily infiltrate our society? Is your neighborhood at risk?”

Dave English, the man who helped create the video and the then-president of the Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh, said that they made the video because they felt like the police weren’t warning the public enough. “As a group of concerned citizens, we felt that the media and authorities were not giving the story the coverage it deserves. So to make sure the people of Pittsburgh get the real story, we formed a new wave band, wrote this song, and shot a music video,” English said.

In March 2021 the city of Pittsburgh passed a law that banned the sale of alligators within the city’s limits. Hopefully the most recent gator will be brought in and given a safe place to stay!