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Somebody call Loren Coleman…there was a baby ‘gator found in a Paducah street Thursday

Loren Coleman and Bigfoot. From BeforeItsNews

We love gators. And gators love us, too. At least the ones in Summerdale, Alabama, do.

I mean, look at it. Who WOULDN'T want to own a baby caiman as a pet?!??

Stop raising your hand, alligator....

In this case, the alligator AND the Burmese python both lost....

Posted by on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 @ 11:05 am.

Loren Coleman and Bigfoot. From BeforeItsNews

Loren Coleman and Bigfoot. From BeforeItsNews

PADUCAH, Ky. - One of our favorite Southern Illinois University-Carbondale alums, Loren Coleman, an author originally from the central Illinois area and now a famous cryptozoologist, might be thrilled to learn that authorities were able to pick up a baby alligator from a Paducah, Kentucky, street Thursday night.

We love gators. And gators love us, too. At least the ones in Summerdale, Alabama, do.

We love gators. And gators love us, too. At least the ones in Summerdale, Alabama, do.

The adorkable story of the little hissing peep (as we call them; we're very fond of gators and enjoy many gator farms when we go on vacation on the Gulf; hatchlings make a cute little "peeping" sound when calling to their mommas, so we call them "peeps") can be read here at the Paducah Sun (you do need to register in order to read it in full).

The gist of it is: A little 8-to-9-inch baby gator was found in a Paducah street last night late, and the caller literally didn't know what to tell the dispatcher; the dispatcher just took the information, thinking it was a prank, and sent police out to look. Cops arrived and sure enough...it was a baby gator. In a bad mood.

So the cops wrangled it and took it back to the cop shop, and there it sat, hissing and in a bad humor (they do that. You literally have to tie their mouths shut to shut them up, and then, they just grunt) until someone came to take it to a reptile rescue there near Paducah.

So the question remains: What was a baby gator doing in a Paducah street?

I mean, look at it. Who WOULDN'T want to own a baby caiman as a pet?!??

I mean, look at it. Who WOULDN'T want to own a baby caiman as a pet?!??

Well, the knee-jerk immediate reaction to the question would be "Sumbuddy gawt thurselfs uh baybeh gater az uh PAYUT" (for those not fluent in hickinese, that's "somebody got a baby alligator as a pet.") However, that's not always the easy explanation. Fact is, owning a baby gator - or any gator - as a "pet" isn't legal. That's doesn't mean it doesn't happen. But it does mean that it makes it hard to do; harder than owning a caiman (an alligator-like critter, which I, actually, owned as a pet when I was in college. Yeah. I was a weirdo like that).

The Paducah cops hit upon that, and made an effort to find out whether this was a gator or a caiman. Turns out it really was a gator.

But, you know...not indigenous to Paducah.

So let's take a look at that map:


Granted, we've had a lot of rains lately, and swollen creeks and rivers and whatnot. And it's been hot and muggy and sometimes, critters migrate. There were rumored-only reports in the late 1800s and again in the early 1960s of alligators perching on landings off the Mississippi in the St. Louis area.

But Coleman has written about reports of misplaced gators all over America, years ago. In his book Weird U.S., he outlines "alligators found in sewers" and other "urban legend"-type stuff that has happened in the past, most of these before the innerwebs made this stuff readily available online.

And while Coleman, as a cryptozoologist (literally, a zoologist who studies odd or out-of-place animals, or "cryptic" animals...such as Bigfoot or Nessie, but also animals in weird places), has chronicled the presence of animals in weird locales where they shouldn't be, that still doesn't always explain why they are where they are.

Unfortunately, some believe that there's an effort on to put once-indigenous animals back to the wilds from whence they were driven out...and also, to put NON-indigenous animals in places where they were never meant to be. This is often referred to as "the re-wilding of America," and it's proposed, albeit quietly, under Agenda 21. This "agenda" is described as "sustainable development" and "protecting large carnivores" (look at the pic at the top...they're not just talking about wolves...) But these nuts are proposing allowing animals that don't belong in North America - like large cats, the types that populate Africa, etc. - to be brought into sparsely-populated areas of the United States and to be allowed to run free (effectively decimating the real indigenous populations of critters, like elk or deer, as an example) and to run amok. If you're a rancher and already have problems with coyotes, wolves, mountain lions...oh well. Just another set of critters to pose a threat to you. The solution...? Stop ranching. Move to a "population center" where you'll receive "sustainable living" and won't be threatened by the wild critters now running the countryside. They're all about population control...human population, all in the name of "biodiversity" and "conservation."

In this case, the alligator AND the Burmese python both lost....

In this case, the alligator AND the Burmese python both lost....

All of this is a construct of the United Nations, so no one should be surprised at the unbelievability of it. You can't bring non-indigenous species into a biosphere and expect things to go well. People letting pet pythons go in the Everglades (if indeed it's just that....) are an example of that. Imagine what would happen if "someone" just up and decided to let a few lions, tigers, cheetahs, etc., "go" in the American West. Plenty to forage on...plenty of places to hide...and lots of ultimate interaction with humans if there get to be too many.

What does this have to do with a lil ol alligator peep found in Paducah...?

Probably not a lot. But wouldn't you like to know how that little critter got there...? Wouldn't you feel better knowing that there isn't a growing little clutch of them somewhere along the Ohio in the summer heat, and one of the lil guys didn't just "get away," maybe carried over Paducah by a raptor bird who decided he didn't want to eat the little hissy reptile...? I would. I don't go swimming in local waters, but I like spending an afternoon by a river, sometimes just watching, sometimes indulging Jack's fishing jones...and we've seen and heard some odd things in some places. Many summers ago Jack heard a VERY large splash into the Wabash over in Gibson County akin to what we hear when we go to the gator farms. Yeah, it gets cold up here. But when it gets hot down in the south, gators are inclined to go where the food is, and often it's more plentiful in the cooler climes...and they can migrate back down there like snowbirds when it starts to cool off. Unless they find a nice warm place. Like the holding ponds over at the former PSI in Gibson County.

It's something to think about, anyway.

In the meantime, have you ever seen any odd or out-of-place animals, like Coleman investigates, or animals that authorities want to pooh-pooh, like black panthers in Wayne County (as my family has observed) or bears in Hardin County (as some have reported to us)? Tell us about it here or at our Facebook or other social networking page.


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