It seems like we need an alligator roundup literally, not just metaphorically. We're seeing a rash of alligators wandering around the United States where they shouldn't be:
An alligator is found wandering down the street in Brockton, outside Boston, dragging a broken leash;
A man in Michigan finds an alligator in his corn field;
TWO alligators have been captured recently out of the Chicago river;
And finally, maybe there are alligators in the sewers of New York City after all, although typically, the reporter feels sympathy rather than some more appropriate emotion:
It seemed less like a menacing predator, more like an abandoned pet cowering under a car, forlornly hoping for tips on how to play its role. In fact, it reminded me of me, at every publishing party I'd attended during my first years in New York.
I am not sure what to make of all this, but it can't be good. Watch your backs.
Photo of Chicago capture by "Alligator Bob" from the Chicago Tribune.