Cyclists and hikers spotted an unexpected reptile along a trail in Springfield over the weekend.
Jason Stratton said he was riding his bicycle Saturday afternoon when he received text messages from his son, AJ, who was cycling just ahead of him on the South Creek Trail. The trail runs from National Avenue to Battlefield Road.
“He sends me a couple text messages saying ‘Hey, you need to come down here,'” Jason Stratton said. “And then he gives me a call, ‘No, you really need to come down here and check this out. You won’t regret it.’”
About five minutes later, Jason Stratton arrived to find his son and a couple other folks staring at what looks to be a stick in the middle of the trail.
“I’m thinking ‘Why is this of any interest at all?'” Jason Stratton said. “As soon as I got up close to it, I could tell what it was we were looking at, of course.”
It was an alligator.
Not only do we have to sometimes worry about cobra around here, but now alligators.
Although I have to say it was a pretty active alligator for winter.
And before you ask, yes, that trail does run right by my boys’ school; they run on it during cross country season all the time.
UPDATE:Here is some security camera footage of the Greenway Trail the night before last: