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Police investigate alligator sighting in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/NYPD 110th Precinct

Officers from the 110th Precinct are on the hunt for an alligator after a possible sighting in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturday morning.

Reportedly, a jogger spotted the reptile — affectionately dubbed “Jaws” by the 110th Precinct —and called 911.

According to Deputy Inspector Christopher Manson, who reported the sighting on Twitter, the alligator is described as 3 1/2 feet long and “kinda thick.”

Manson also took to the precinct’s Twitter account to ask for advice about what kind of food officers should use to lure the animal out. “We need your advice. What kind of food should we use to lure the beast out!? After all he is a NYC gator. Pizza?” he asked in a post.

Officers arrived at the scene and canvassed the area but have not been able to track the reptile down.


Gator greets kids at Queens Library

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Queens Library

A reading came alive for some local children when an alligator visited the Whitestone branch of the Queens library.

Children’s Librarian Susan Scatena promised that if at least 300 children registered for summer reading, and they collectively read at least 4,000 books, she would read a story to a “big, scaly, live alligator.”

According to the Queens Library, they surpassed that goal, with 344 children registering and completing 4,595 books.

On Thursday, Scatena read Mercer Mayer’s “There’s an Alligator Under My Bed” to Wally, a five-foot female alligator, and hundreds of neighborhood kids.

Wally was handled by reptile trainer Erik Callendar, who taught the children about alligators during the reading.

Yesterday’s reading wasn’t the first time Scatena has motivated her young readers with a “wild challenge.”  Each year, she promises that if they meet their summer reading goals, she will perform an over-the-top stunt. Previously, she has sat in a tub of JELL-O; dressed in a rabbit suit and kissed a bunny; and cuddled an enormous python.