"Alligator" seen in Brampton pond turns out to be a beaver

May 2 2020, 9:58 am

An animal that was first thought to be an “alligator” hanging out in a Brampton pond ultimately turned out to be a beaver, according to Peel Regional Police.

The investigation into what the creature was began on Friday at 8:30 pm, when police were called to Brampton Damatta Park, for reports from the public of “a large animal, possibly an alligator, swimming in a drainage pond within the park,” the department said in a release.

Officers attended the area, and animal control officers were called in to assist as well.

Police said video of the animal in question also surfaced on social media.

“This video was viewed by members of Brampton Animal Service and the animal was determined to be a beaver and not an alligator,” police said.

And while the actual animal turned out to be much less threatening, it was still enough for the internet – including the police department itself – to chime in with their thoughts.