A local police department in Tennessee has issued a statement confirming an official Facebook post warning about "meth-gators" was a joke, The Hill reports.
A post by the Loretto Police Department on Saturday warned against flushing drugs down the toilet, as it leads to animals suffering from health problems.
"Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do," the department wrote on Facebook.
"Furthermore, if it made it far enough, we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama," police wrote. "They've had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help. So, if you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way."
The department wrote Friday: "Let us be perfectly clear: the meth gator was a humorous illustration used to highlight the dangers of flushing drugs and other substances down your toilet, the meth-gator is not real. Let's say that again: THE METH GATOR IS NOT (at this time) REAL."
Police added they "never expected" the level of attention the post received, and claimed they had gotten a "few calls from professionals fearing we actually had a meth influenced gator in our custody."
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