The good news for all concerned was the whole thing took place early on a Sunday afternoon–not late on a Saturday night.
Think about it.
You’re enjoying your coffee in a semi-trendy section of Montreal, you stare out into the street and….
You see this.
— CBC Montreal (@CBCMontreal) 15 December 2019
Thank God you’re sober.
(Consider the alternative on a December day.)
Yes, indeed, that was an alligator, ladies and gents,
Now, you may be wondering why he crossed the road.
Turns out he’s the property of a company that puts on exotic animal demonstrations and decided to exit the company van as everyone was heading to lunch.
One of those at a nearby cafe watching it all unfold was Mayssam Samaha, who caught the stroll on her phone.
“It took me a few seconds to comprehend what I was seeing then we ran outside – my friend and I – to save or protect the alligator from being squished by cars,” Samaha told CTV’s Daniel J. Rowe.
“The alligator seemed very calm,” she told Rowe. “He crossed the street and went under a car. I guess he was looking for some warmth… I wasn’t scared. I was more worried for the animal.”
Montreal Police and Mayor Valérie Plante were both notified, but the gator’s employer quickly came to retrieve him before officers got there.
“He picked him up, and brought him back into his minivan,” said Samaha.
See ya later, alligator.
“If you want an alligator, it should not be out on the street in this cold weather,” Samaha told The Montreal Gazette’s Marion Scott.
When the cafe’s owner first called police, officers were just a tad in disbelief.
“Apparently, it was a very funny phone call because they didn’t quite believe him,” Samaha told Scott.
“They thought he was on something.”
Wtih files from CBC, Montreal Gazette, CTV, Global News