This is a pretty bizarre incident and not a typical night for officers in this Ontario city. A Brampton alligator that police searched for overnight actually turned out to be a beaver. Now, that's a Canadian twist nobody saw coming.
At around 9:00 p.m. on May 1, Peel Regional Police got an animal complaint in Brampton.
There were reports of an alligator in a storm drainage pond in the city's west end which is probably not an average animal complaint anywhere in Canada.
Officers went to the scene in search of a five to six-foot alligator.
Putting some humour into the situation, the police force tweeted that, "officers are ready to provide Gator-aid."
Brampton's Animal Control officers also arrived at the scene to help the police search for the elusive creature.
The park was then closed to the public so that a search could be done in the daylight after the sun came up.
Then came the Canadian twist.
At 1:44 a.m. on May 2, Peel Regional Police tweeted that based on a video seen on social media, it was determined that it was a beaver in the water, not an alligator.
So, it turns out that someone just mistook Canada's national animal for a gator.
UPDATE: - Officers from @CityBrampton Animal Control are on scene and assisting officers in the search. - No furthe… https://t.co/5rvbdwWX7D— Peel Regional Police (@Peel Regional Police)1588383877.0
UPDATE: - Animal Control Officers from the City of Brampton have attended. - Based on video from social media, they… https://t.co/yRxVkLkcrm— Peel Regional Police (@Peel Regional Police)1588398268.0
When it was still believed that a gator was roaming a pond in the city, Brampton's mayor got involved on Twitter.
"Umm...something I thought I would never have to say, Brampton please keep your eyes peeled for an alligator loose in our City," Patrick Brown tweeted.
After it was revealed to be just a beaver, many people took to social media to have a laugh about the situation.
One person tweeted, "to be fair, this mistake is just so Canadian."
"Never change, Brampton," another person said.
Alligator? Beaver? Whatever. #Brampton #CanadianAlligator— inklets (@inklets)1588421669.0
The supposed alligator in Brampton turned out to be a beaver. How do you mistake a beaver for an alligator? To be f… https://t.co/PHs46F34ZM— Drew (@Drew)1588420419.0
@PeelPolice Movie night in #Brampton Tonight’s feature https://t.co/O3i3PPSNlf— ahabsfan (@ahabsfan)1588421663.0
So that alligator @PeelPolice investigated last night, in the Brampton park? Turns out it was a beaver. #Canada— Kim Zarzour (@Kim Zarzour)1588421276.0
Never change, Brampton. https://t.co/7qAwrdQrmq— Candace Forsyth (@Candace Forsyth)1588419865.0
A beaver, not an alligator...cuz 🇨🇦 #Brampton https://t.co/7IvYTidu8y— 𝙻𝚒𝚜𝚊 𝙺 🇨🇦 (@𝙻𝚒𝚜𝚊 𝙺 🇨🇦)1588419418.0
While with this incident there wasn't really a gator roaming a pond, other wild animals have been spotted across the country taking strolls and living their best lives.
Calgary's resident turkey has been making the rounds in the city.