Brooklyn Man Found With a Small Zoo Inside His Apartment

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In 2003, police officers received a tip from an anonymous caller for a "large animal" that was biting people in Harlem. The NYPD narrowed down the search to Antoine Yates's apartment and, when they arrived on the scene, the "large animal" turned out to be a 400-pound Bengali tiger. Oh, and an alligator, too

Well, one officer had to grapple down from the roof and tranquilize the ferocious animal; Yates was later arrested for reckless endangerment and the animals were taken to a shelter nearby, even though it was seen that the Bengali tiger was actually in great shape. Commissioner Ray Kelly described the encounter as an "only-in-New-York story" and we couldn't agree more.

Why did we mention this story from nine years ago? Yesterday, a similar event occurred in Crown Heights and nostalgia is always an appropriate introduction. For an unrelated matter, police officers were conducting a search of Weeksville Houses on Dean Street around 2 in the afternoon. By accident, they stumbled upon a public housing version of the Bronx Zoo.

When the police discovered the animals, they are all pent up in fish tanks. According to Ben Yakas of Gothamist, this is what they found:

- 6 snakes (1 boa constrictor, 5 pythons)
- 2 bearded dragons
- 2 alligators
- 1 gecko
- 1 scorpion
- 1 tarantula

FYI: none of these animals are allowed in public housing or anywhere near groups of people, for that matter. And, due to this little rule, Animal Care and Control removed the creatures from the apartment and brought them to safety.

Fortunately, we have all these pictures of the exotic animals to gleam at, courtesy of the Daily News. Unfortunately, the owner of the apartment was not present so we can't find out why the hell this person had a tarantula and where in the world he or she found a bearded dragon.  

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6 comments
jonhendry
jonhendry

The scorpion might be an emperor scorpion, which are big and impressive, but have weak bee-like stings. They mostly use their big pincers unless you really piss them off. They're sold in big pet store chains in some states.

 

The tarantula is probably also a pet store purchase.

jenn_g_
jenn_g_

@villagevoice Bearded dragons are 60 bucks at PetSmart. #thepowerofgoogle

jenn_g_
jenn_g_

@villagevoice Bearded dragons are 60 bucks at PetSmart. #thepowerofgoogle #factcheckingissolastcentury

shantydorm
shantydorm

@Miz_Izz that’s fucking crazy. Have fun in Maryland bubs.

lex6m
lex6m

@villagevoice all of these creatures are commonly found in the nyc sewer system.

Ellen_Lee3
Ellen_Lee3

@villagevoice Only in NY folks...

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