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Gators Showing Up In New York?

by Kelly Meyer

Residents on New York's Long Island are trying to figure out how alligators keep finding their way to the island.  The New York Post reports some 16 gators have turned up on Long Island over the last nine months.   At least one gator turned up on a golf course while three others were discovered recently in parking lots.  This has led authorities to believe people are dumping their "pet" alligators after they've gotten too big.  Julian Ansell, of the Long Island Aquarium, says every animal is cute when they are young but gators "are never going to be cuddly" and "make awful pets."  

Beyond that, though, I've got to say I'm curious why someone would want to have a pet that at some point would like to make a meal out of you!