Manhattan had some extra excitement this month. Two alligators, a male and a female, were stolen from a local pet store and one found its way into Wildcat Creek. It stayed there for days forcing the city to close off a local trail near the creek.
Unfortunately, the gator drowned after getting caught in a trap that was set with the hopes of returning it to owners. The second gator has yet to be accounted for.
We understand the store owners worked with the city, animal control and law enforcement to locate and recover the gators. While the first met an unfortunate end, we hope the second can be found.
The gators became somewhat of folk heroes for the community. A local resident event managed to raise more than $1,000 for the local animal shelter by partnering with an Aggieville business to sell T-shirts with a modified version of the city’s flag which included a gator.
This summer certain is turning out to be a strange one, but then again 2020 continually shows us we should expect the unexpected.
As for the gators in the Little Apple, we have a few biting questions need to be asked.
First, we understand that was a tragic set of events, but how exactly did it happen in the first place? How do you steal a gator, let alone two? And why set it loose in a Kansas creek?
The whole thing just sounds like a plot to a B-movie. If this were any other year we might think the story was a crock, but it’s 2020. Back to our point, what possesses a person to steal two large reptiles? How did they pull it off? It makes no sense.
Whoever did this should fess up. Not only for the sake of justice but moreover because we want to know how you pulled it off. It’s a real head-scratcher.
Next, should people have rights to own exotic pets? These gators were rescued from bad situations. If you’ve watched "Tiger King," we’re sure you have opinions on this matter.
We don’t have a strong stance on this necessarily, but we certainly don’t want an invasive alligator species lurking in our creeks. Of course, that didn’t happen and likely wasn’t going to, but it only takes two and these were a male and female. The only thing it’s missing is Jeff Goldblum to say, "Life, uh, finds a way."
We hope the Riley County Police Department can get to the bottom of this … and furthermore, find that missing second gator, hopefully, alive.
Next, what has the pet store done to secure their other animals? Inquiring minds want to know and we think the public could use some reassurance. Two gators have been unleashed into your community. What’s to stop heathens from coming next for a snake in your collection?
While some of that responsibility lies with the store owners, we think we need to hear from RCPD as well. What are you doing to keep business safe from thieves with eclectic taste?
Finally, how do we get this thing made into a made for TV movie? If "Sharknado" can be a thing, we think Gator Heist could win an Emmy.