Source: NY 1. See the video by clicking the link…
For years, people have said that alligators live in the city sewers, but people could see the real thing in Chelsea on Thursday.
The gators were spotted in Chelsea Market as part of a special exhibit revolving around the History Channel’s show “Swamp People.”
Elementary school students were invited to pet an alligator, as a portion of the marketplace was converted into swampland, complete with a cypress tree, plants indigenous to Louisiana, alligators and turtles.
The goal was to teach the children about the conservation of swamps.
“It’s great to see all the kids, teach them about alligators, let them touch an alligator. You know, a lot of kids like this never get to experience touching an alligator. So it’s just fun to come out to New York and just meet the people,” said Bruce Mitchell of Swamp People.”
“When I touched the alligator, it felt really rough. And I’ve always seen pictures of alligators, but I never actually thought I would feel one,” said a child.
“There isn’t many gators around like in TriBeCa, but like since we went here, we saw a lot,” said another child.
The exhibit is open to the public and will remain open daily through February 12. To view a live feed of the gators, visit history.com/gatorcam.