“We have no reason to believe there is a third alligator in these waters,” says a representative of New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation, after a fresh flurry of speculation on social media.
“We have received no reports of a third alligator,” DEC public information officer Lori Severino told us on Thursday afternoon. The DEC captured two young alligators in the Whitney Point area, and brought them to Animal Adventure Park.
The confusion may stem from a July 24th article with the headline “Third alligator sighting reported near Whitney Point,” which is making the rounds again.
“I think the headline is confusing people,” suggests Kerry Gallagher of Animal Adventure Park. The headline actually referred to a third reported sighting of an alligator in the Whitney Point area, before the first alligator had been captured.
Experts say the two alligators that were recovered “are between 2 and 4 years old.” The first is 39 inches long and weighs between 10 and 15 pounds, and the second is 45 inches long and weighs 15 pounds, according to the DEC.
Animal Aventure Park in Harpursville, near Binghamton, is open to the public, with daily hours of 10am-5pm May 13th through September 4th. Fall hours, open just Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, run September 5th to October 22nd.