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Man Loses Emotional Support Gator: 'Bring My Baby Back'

Joie Henney was vacationing in Georgia when Wally vanished

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man who credits an alligator named Wally for helping relieve his depression for nearly a decade says he's searching for the reptile after it went missing during a vacation to the coast of Georgia. Joie Henney has thousands of social media users following his pages devoted to...

'Toothy Airman' Found on Base's Runway

Florida base says 10-foot alligator was released in river

(Newser) - MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa says its "newest toothy Airman" has been relocated to a more suitable location than where they found it on Monday—on the runway, resting beside the landing gear of a KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft. In a Facebook post , the base shared video of...

Man Rails Against Seizure of His 750-Pound 'Son' Albert
Man Rails Against Seizure of
His 750-Pound 'Son' Albert

Man Rails Against Seizure of His 750-Pound 'Son' Albert

Albert is an 11-foot-long gator, and New York DEC authorities say his owner was harboring him illegally

(Newser) - Hamburg, New York, is known for its ample snowfall , the Erie County Fair, and ... alligators? The Western New York town south of Buffalo picked up the latter honorary last week, when local authorities seized an 11-foot-long, 750-pound reptilian resident from a home there, where a man had apparently been keeping...

Fisherman Reportedly Loses Hand to Gator

Florida man was apparently trying to retrieve fish from pond

(Newser) - A Florida fisherman reportedly lost a hand in an alligator attack. "He took his hand off ... Hand is gone!" a witness who called 911 reported Sunday, per WOFL . A second 911 caller described a man "moaning and groaning constantly," per WKMG . The unnamed male was reeling...

Zoo's Alligator Had 70 Coins in His Stomach
Zoo's Alligator Had
$7 in His Belly

Zoo's Alligator Had $7 in His Belly

Thibodaux of Nebraska's Henry Doorly Zoo is now a bit lighter

(Newser) - A zoo alligator was carrying around quite a bit of extra weight until a stomach procedure to remove 70 US coins. The 36-year-old American alligator named Thibodaux, an "iconic" resident of Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, due to the leucism that causes his white coloration, was undergoing routine...

She Is One of Only Eight in the World

White 'leucistic' American alligator is born at Florida reptile park, and she needs a name

(Newser) - An extremely rare white American alligator has been born at a Florida reptile park, and she needs a name. The 19.2-inch female slithered out of its shell and into the history books as one of only a few of its kind, per the AP . "This is beyond rare....

He Turned, Saw Friend's Head in Gator's Mouth

Florida's Marissa Carr says she's lucky to have escaped snorkeling encounter in one piece

(Newser) - "I'm genuinely just really, really lucky" is not a quote you'd expect from a woman who had an alligator bite her face. But that's what 20-year-old Marissa Carr is saying after encountering a 9-foot male alligator while snorkeling in a clear, spring-fed pond. The Florida woman...

Family in 'Unbearable Pain' After Mother Found in Gator's Jaws

Daughter says Sabrina Peckham was homeless

(Newser) - The daughter of a Florida woman found dead in an alligator's jaws says the family is going through "grief and sorrow and unbearable pain." In a Facebook post, Breauna Dorris said her mother, 41-year-old Sabrina Peckham, was part of the homeless population in a wooded area near...

For Gators on Golf Courses, Diet Is a Bit of a Challenge

Instead of crustaceans, maybe a cat, some canned corn, and a cheeseburger with fries

(Newser) - Golf courses, with their green space and ponds, have been shown to benefit wildlife when compared with other human-altered landscapes. But as Advanced Science News points out, previous studies looked at the abundance and diversity of animals on golf courses rather than the relationships between animals. Now, a new study...

Girl Scouts Escape an Approaching Alligator

Troop leader put herself between reptile and girls at Texas park

(Newser) - "I always say I would do anything for them," says Girl Scout troop leader Nichole Glenn. "Now, I definitely know I would do anything for them." Glenn put herself between a member of her troop and a huge alligator as it moved toward the girls on...

Hunters Land Gigantic Alligator
920-Pound Alligator Caught

920-Pound Alligator Caught

'I had fear like I never felt before,' Florida guide says

(Newser) - After a four-hour struggle, hunters have landed a 920-pound alligator in a Florida lake, possibly the second-largest one ever recorded in the state. The gator was more than 13 feet long, Fox News reports. "I've done probably close to a thousand alligator hunts, and I've never seen...

SC Woman Walking Dog Killed in Alligator Attack

69-year-old was attacked near golf course on Hilton Head Island, authorities say

(Newser) - A woman who was walking her dog near a golf course in South Carolina Tuesday morning was killed in what authorities believe is the county's second fatal alligator attack in less than a year. The 69-year-old woman was found unresponsive near a lagoon bordering a golf course on Hilton...

He Went Outside the Bar to Pee. A Gator Awaited

Jordan Rivera, who lost arm in alligator attack: 'It's not the end of the world'

(Newser) - For a guy who just lost part of his arm to an alligator, Jordan Rivera has a remarkably good attitude. The 23-year-old was at Banditos Bar in Port Charlotte, Florida, early Sunday when he had to use the bathroom, per WBBH . The lines for the restroom were long, however, so...

Rescued NYC Alligator Too Weak to Eat on Its Own
Rescued NYC Alligator
'Godzilla' Dies

Rescued NYC Alligator 'Godzilla' Dies

'This was a tragic case of animal abuse,' Bronx Zoo says

(Newser) - The Bronx Zoo says it was unable to save an alligator rescued from a cold lake in Brooklyn two months ago. The zoo said in a statement Friday that the 5-year-old alligator, nicknamed Godzilla, received "extensive ongoing medical treatment" and a rubber bathtub stopper she had swallowed while being...

Family of Woman Killed by Alligator Blames Pond Builder

SC retirement community, developer named in wrongful death suit

(Newser) - The family of an elderly South Carolina woman killed by an alligator in August is blaming her retirement community. Sun City Hilton Head failed to take steps to prevent alligators from making a home in the "manmade ponds and ponding basins" into which Nancy Becker fell while trimming shrubs...

Feel Like Watching a Gator Body-Slam a Python? Voila!
In Gator vs. Python,
Guess Who Wins?

In Gator vs. Python, Guess Who Wins?

Woman records body-slamming encounter in Florida Everglades, in which reptile claims victory

(Newser) - It's survival of the fittest in the Everglades, and if you're wondering who might win in a showdown between an alligator and a Burmese python, this clip recorded by Katina Boychew should put that question to rest. Per NBC2 , the Florida woman was visiting the wetlands preserve last...

Florida Man Opens Front Door, Finds Gator, Gets Attacked
Knock, Knock.
Who's There? Gator.

Knock, Knock. Who's There? Gator.

Critter at Florida man's door bites him when he opens it

(Newser) - Hearing a bump at his door Saturday night and thinking someone might be looking for his son, a Florida man got up from watching TV with his wife and went to see who was there. Unfortunately, it was a 9-foot alligator, which promptly chomped down on his leg, WKMG reports....

See If You Can Spot What Doesn't Belong in This Attic

Home inspector stumbles on alligator holed up in NC home

(Newser) - Alligators have popped up in Florida swimming pools , a Brooklyn lake , and even in a post office . North Carolina attic is a new one, in a discovery out of New Hanover County by a code compliance officer making his rounds. Per WECT , Dean Brown was inspecting a new home under...

Zoo Volunteer Allegedly Stole Baby Gator—20 Years Ago

Tewa is back home after theft was uncovered in Central Texas, authorities say

(Newser) - An alligator, stolen as an egg or hatchling from a Texas zoo two decades ago, is back in the first home she knew. The 8-foot alligator named Tewa was returned to Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo in New Braunfels on Friday, months after she was located on rural property...

85-Year-Old Walking Her Dog Is Killed by Alligator

The creature was said to be roughly 10 feet long

(Newser) - At some points, it reportedly took at least six people to wrangle an alligator that killed an elderly Florida woman on Monday, per CBS News . The 85-year-old woman was walking her dog in her Fort Pierce, Florida, retirement community when a 10-foot alligator exited the water. Spanish Lakes Fairways residents...

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