An escaped crocodilian was a caught on camera Sunday casually crossing the street in Montreal’s Villeray neighbourhood.
Mayssam Samaha posted a video to Twitter, saying the traffic and the cold made her worried for the reptile.
— mayssam samaha (@mayssamaha) December 15, 2019
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante tweeted after the incident that the reptile had been returned to its owner. The animal is part of an education program, and its owner has all the proper permits.
She thanked the civilians who alerted police, and the officers who responded.
⚠️ L’alligator qui traversait la rue Jarry dans Villeray a été retourné à ses propriétaires (il a tous ses permis et fait partie d’un projet éducatif) Merci aux citoyen.nes qui nous ont signalé la situation et aux https://t.co/QW4ug0idBT du @SPVM qui ont réagi rapidement. #polmtl
— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) December 15, 2019
Although the mayor and the witness both identified the animal as an alligator, it could be a crocodile. The two animals are quite similar looking. Daily Hive has reached out to Montreal police for clarification.