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.
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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.
– Area of Creditview Rd/James Potter Rd in #Brampton
– Reports of alligator in storm drainage pond
– Officers on scene searching for 5-6 foot alligator
– I always thought they only had 4 feet…
– Officers are ready to provide Gator-aid
— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPolice) May 2, 2020
— Brampton Alligator (@BramptonAlliga1) May 2, 2020
when someone mistook you for an alligator in brampton but you’re just a beaver pic.twitter.com/ZiRiX0MvXC
— 𝑎𝑧 (@ar_zimraphel) May 2, 2020
— 鋼の技術者 (@FullMetalEnginr) May 2, 2020
Y’all need to arrest whoever is playing Jumanji in Brampton. Enough already… pic.twitter.com/2TRdaRNDWp
— (iBrown) ® ن 🇨🇦 (This Quarantine Sucks) (@doubleobrown) May 2, 2020
if there’s an alligator in brampton there has to be a unicorn in this world
— ਸਪਨਾ (@SapnaSahotaa) May 2, 2020
alligators are back on brampton streets. nature is healing. humans are the virus https://t.co/wSw6o5xGCI
— Greeva (@greevabhalla) May 2, 2020