INWOOD - The young alligator found walking through upper Manhattan Thursday has died, Animal Care & Control officials confirmed.
Officers caught up to the reptile near W. 205th Street and Ninth Avenue on Thursday and managed to corral it.
Animal Care & Control officials were called to the scene, and medical staff removed the duct tape that had been placed over the 3-foot-long gator's snout, according to ACC spokeswoman Alexandra Silver.
The alligator, who staff named CockadoodleQ, was placed in an "aquarium type setting with a small shallow pool of water along with a supplemental heat element," Silver said.
One day after it was strolling down a Manhattan street, however, CockadoodleQ died.
"Sadly, the alligator . . . died this morning," Silver said in a statement. "We have no knowledge of the conditions CockadoodleQ had lived in prior to his arrival that contributed to his death."
It's not clear what caused the alligator's death, but a source knowledgeable about the care of the animal told PIX11 that CockadoodleQ wasn't housed properly, and that the duct tape was left on overnight.
According to the source, the gator was left in water all night and wasn't able to move to dry ground.
The ACC denies the allegation, saying that the duct tape was removed Thursday and that the alligator was placed in an "appropriate environment for reptiles." In the morning, Silver said, the medical staff taped him with a non-adhesive vet wrap for "about an hour" before he was to be transported to New Hope, the ACC's community initiative that works to place animals.
Where CockadoodleQ came from is also unclear; often such exotic animals start as small pets and are abandoned when they grow too large.
Exotic animals such as alligators are illegal to own as pets in New York City.