No, it's not a pink pony and it's not a hoax: there was actually an alligator in Montreal this weekend.\nThe video below shows the escaped gator on the loose, casually crossing rue Jarry in Villeray.\nWatch the video below and have a laugh at some of the best Twitter jokes & reactions about the bizarre scene.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nYour eyes are not deceiving you. That is indeed an alligator in Montreal, casually crossing rue Jarry in Villeray. The reptilian predator was spotted on a chilly Sunday afternoon by local resident Mayssam Samaha. The animal belonged to an unnamed man who quickly scooped up the wayward gator shortly before police arrived on the scene.\nThe alligator seemed surprisingly unbothered, even with the weather at around -4°C plus wind chill on Sunday. If you remember your Discovery Channel documentaries, you'll know that some reptiles can survive the cold but really don't enjoy it too much. Alligators can even survive in a frozen lake by sticking their snouts out of the ice.\nSamaha's video of the alligator crossing Jarry was posted to Twitter and Montrealers quickly fell in love with it. This scaly rapscallion is a true Montrealer, braving the cold temperatures and jaywalking without a care in the world.\nThis is perhaps the most random thing to ever happen on a chilly Montreal Sunday in a long time. In classic fashion, locals took to social media to lay down their best alligator puns and "why did the alligator cross the road" jokes. Here are some of the best reactions from around town.\nThe video (seen below) shows the wandering gator moseying across Jarry street amongst the traffic and the potholes. The gator's owner quickly snapped up the reptile before it got snappy with pedestrians.\nThe alligator escaped from the owner's van and police tracked them down shortly after the owners captured it.\nJust an alligator crossing Jarry, no big deal 🐊 #montreal #shook #mtlmoments pic.twitter.com/EEMch6aGK1— mayssam samaha (@mayssamaha) December 15, 2019\nIf drivers thought cyclists were bad, you can only imagine what they thought of this alligator. Thankfully, drivers spotted the alligator and slowed down before something bad happened.\nNews Item: Projet Montréal announces plans for system of alligator lanes across city, will remove 45,000 parking spaces https://t.co/Kn99cuJ4e8— Elias Makos🎙📻 📺 (@eliasmakos) December 15, 2019\nThat alligator in montreal this afternoon: im just vibing guys— charlie (@IDKANYMOREFUCK) December 15, 2019\nREAD ALSO: We Spoke To The Montreal SPCA About How To Take Care Of Animals During The Holiday Season\nAujourd’hui, un alligator s’est promené dans les rues de #Montreal !Today an alligator was roaming in the streets of Montreal!🐊🐊🐊#pontochaquejour #everydayponto #毎日ポント pic.twitter.com/Tcf229hCLi— Ponto (@Ponto_mtl) December 16, 2019\nIf you needed any more proof of Montreal's love of animals, look no further. The gator almost instantly became a local hero and even Mayor Valérie Plante praised the citizens and the SPVM for quickly rescuing the reptile. The gator even has its own Twitter page!\n⚠️ L’alligator qui traversait la rue Jarry dans Villeray a été retourné à ses propriétaires (il a tous ses permis et fait partie d’un projet éducatif) Merci aux citoyen.nes qui nous ont signalé la situation et aux https://t.co/QW4ug0idBT du @SPVM qui ont réagi rapidement. #polmtl— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) December 15, 2019\nTranslation: The alligator that crossed Jarry street in Villeray has been returned to its owners (it has all its licenses and is part of an educational project) Thank you to the citizens who reported the situation to us and to the SPVM officers who reacted quickly.\nMontrealers brought out their best alligator dad jokes for the occasion, and they didn't disappoint.\nI don't believe it, they're just alligations.— ChrisO (@ChrisO_wiki) December 15, 2019\nhe did a house swap with some unsuspecting Snowbirds currently enjoying the swamp in Florida— 🇨🇦CanOathMate🇦🇺 (@CanOathMate) December 16, 2019\nAnd of course, an ode to a classic:\nSo, uh, why did the alligator cross the road?— Tracy Powerson (@DammitTracy) December 15, 2019\nWas late for the bus.— Gabriela Bobadilla (@gbobadilla2) December 15, 2019\nFans of Letterkenny and Trailer Park Boys will recognize these two Canadian comedians who got in on the jokes.\nCorrection. This is @jacobtierney79 returning home from shooting in Sudbury.— Jonathan Torrens (@TorrensJonathan) December 16, 2019\nFair.— Jacob Tierney (@jacobtierney79) December 16, 2019\nBest Sunday ever? For this alligator, it definitely was.\nWord of advice for the alligator — next time, take a bike!\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in Montreal, send us a message, photo, or video @MTLBlog on Twitter and Instagram.