Yup, you read that correctly! This past weekend I held a two-year-old alligator! After we explored the Barber Marina area (you know, with Bamahenge and the dinosaurs), we ate a quick lunch and then drove a short ways to Summerdale, Alabama which hosts Alligator Alley.
I’ll be honest with you guys, alligators aren’t really in my top favorite animals categories. I tend to like fuzzy puppies, kitties, bunnies, and horses. But when we heard that we could hold an alligator at this place, I was sold. My nephew thought the whole places was awesome because… well… alligators. It was worth it to go just to see how happy he was there.
Oh, and because we can now say that we have held an alligator. That’s just cool. I mean, how many people can say that? Besides, you know, all the people who visit this place ever year, haha! 🙂
We even got to see “Captain Crunch” who holds the world record for bite strength. He was 800 pounds of terrifyingness. Before he came to Alligator Alley (which is a refuge for nusance alligators), he was a puppy killer. He used to come up into peoples’ yards at night and eat their sleeping dogs. Isn’t that awful?! I was pretty horrified by that. But at least he is contained here and no longer hurting puppies.
We had fun seeing the alligators of all different ages and sizes and also seeing the alligators in their natural swamp habitat. Though let me tell you, after seeing how well they blend in with the marsh, I don’t ever ever ever want to walk through a swamp that doesn’t have bridges, fences, and wire keeping them away from me. 😉