It sounds like the  beginning of a joke, but this is a real story. KTBS says an injured alligator has a section of the southbound lane of Hwy 1/Youree Drive near Flournoy Lucas Road in Shreveport closed this morning.

Here's a look at the big boy!

Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office

As you can tell by the street map above, this particular section of Hwy 1 runs quite close to the Red River. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was dispatched to the location to handle the situation .

After hearing about the alligator crawling out of a storm drain earlier this week in New Orleans and the plethora of snake sightings by Shreveport/Bossier residents over the past week, it might be a good idea to keep your eyes open!

[KTBS]