"The alligator's coming, Connor! The alligator's coming!"
An orange alligator has taken up residence in a pond near Charleston, reports the Associated Press, baffling experts and locals alike. The most promising hypothesis for its unnatural color is that it wintered in a rusty culvert. The timely 5-foot metaphor for mindless aggression, complete with tiny stumpy extremities, will shed its skin "soon," assuming it survives long enough to do so.
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A man in Florida was cited by state wildlife officers for killing an alligator without a permit after an inspection revealed gator body parts in his pickup truck, and the poor dead critter's foot sticking out of the dashboard. Read the rest
A Florida man "tossed" an alligator into a Palm Beach County Wendy's, reports WPTV, earning 23-year-old Joshua James of aggravated assault and unlawful possession of an alligator.
"FWC officials say 23-year-old Joshua James pulled up for his order and after a server handed over a drink and turned around James reached into the back of his truck and tossed the 3-and-a-half foot gator through the drive-thru window. The incident report showed a picture of the gator inside the restaurant."
The incident, in Loxahatchee, Fla., happened in October last year, but it took U.S. Marshals several months to track him down. James was taken into custody early February, 2016. His mom says he's a harmless prankster. Read the rest
"In the summer of 1987," writes Harrison Scott Key, "my father tried to murder me with an alligator."
Go," Pop said.
What if I didn't get in? Would he throw me? Would he know true things about me, that I was still a child?
I jumped in.
Immediately, I formulated a plan, which involved surrounding myself with a protective cloud of urine.
Animated illustrations by Erin Wilson are an extra treat (for the reader, not the alligator) Read the rest