Wild alligators invade the mall and frighten visitors; videos go viral



Alligators also regenerate their tails just like small reptiles.  (Special)


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Alligators also regenerate their tails just like small reptiles. (Special)

Volunteer firefighters from Paraguay captured seven alligators between one and a half and two meters tall outside a shopping mall, in the middle of a storm that overflowed the Itá lagoon, located in the urban area of ​​this city, 30 km from the capital, Asunción (southeast). The incredible videos of the animals walking free down the street went viral.

Neighbors terrified by the presence of reptiles They immediately called rescuers who, after several hours, managed to catch them on Wednesday.

The animals had escaped as a result of the collapse of a retaining wall due to the intense rainfall that overflowed the lake, Francisco Plaón, spokesman for the Itá Fire Department, told reporters.

“What happens is that the park’s lagoon overflowed due to the amount of rain that fell and the alligators (alligators) came out seeking refuge on the dry surface to rest,” explained Plato in statements to AFP.

Several of them reached the door of the shops, according to photos and videos that the witnesses spread on social networks.

“Luckily it happened at night. The alligators are an attraction in the city park but they are a danger when phenomena like this occur that are beyond our control,” said Diego Caputo, secretary of the Mayor’s Office of Itá.

The rainy season has not stopped in Paraguay since last week, leaving numerous damages to homes, streets and roads, as well as power outages. The Directorate of Meteorology warned that more rainfall is expected until Sunday.

The civil organization called “Save the Itá lagoon”, revealed in a statement that there is an overpopulation of alligators in the place. “Over time it can represent a danger to people. Due to lack of food they could attack them,” he warned, after recommending “not to touch them.”

The Fire Brigade in turn asked on its Twitter account to “notify the emergency line if someone spots another alligator on public roads.”

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