It used to be a trend for parents returning home from Florida vacations to bring back small, baby alligators for their children to raise as pets, particularly in New York. Once the babies grew up, they were no longer cute or convenient. So, to get rid of them New Yorkers resorted to flushing the little guys down the toilet.
Some of these washed up gators survived in the city’s sewer system and began to breed. Now there are full-grown alligators living under the streets of Manhattan. It’s been said that the animals are blind and albino, having lost their eyesight and the pigment in their hides because they live in constant darkness.
- The alligators grew to monsterous sizes and are "mutants."