18 September 2023

Alligator with missing jaw finds new home in Florida reptile park

18 September 2023

A Florida reptile park has taken in an alligator who lost her nose and upper jaw to a fight or boat propeller.

Gatorland Orlando said the injured alligator came from a lake in nearby Sanford, about 20 miles (32km) northeast of Orlando.

“She had basically no chance of surviving in the wild with such a severe injury,” the park said in a social media post.

Over the next few days, the park’s veterinarian staff will be monitoring the creature in an effort to make sure it is eating in a stress-free environment, the park said.

To get the reptile to eat, the staff are cutting up small pieces of food which they will toss in the back of its throat, believing she had survived in the wild doing the same thing on her own with snails, slugs and frogs, Kathy Hernandez, a spokeswoman for the park, said.

Gatorland Orlando in central Florida opened in 1949.

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