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Gators fouled by diesel spill get a scrubbing, teeth cleaned

Jan. 14, 2022 22:50 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wildlife rehabilitators are decontaminating dozens of alligators, brushing their pointy teeth and scrubbing their scaly hides in the weeks after a pipeline rupture dumped 300,000 gallons (1.1 million liters) of diesel fuel into a New Orleans area wetland. Diesel...

Gator park among Colorado's most unusual tourist attractions

Jan. 02, 2022 10:16 AM EST

MOSCA, Colo. (AP) — As Jay Young rolls his pants up and wades into the murky pond, Elvis emits a guttural hissing. It sounds like a pressurized water hose cleaning out a barrel. Young taps the 12-foot-long, 600-pound alligator’s snout and the gnarly armored creature lunges...

Small alligator found a long way from home in Massachusetts

Dec. 08, 2021 16:40 PM EST

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A long way from its home, a small alligator was rescued by a Massachusetts fisherman Tuesday after it was spotted in the Westfield River for months. Jeremy White, a worker for the state's department of conservation and recreation, said he saw a video...

Ancient juniper trees illegally cut in New Mexico monument

Nov. 30, 2021 13:44 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several dozen ancient alligator juniper trees have been illegally cut down at El Malpais National Monument in western New Mexico and authorities with the National Park Service are trying to find out who's responsible. Known for their unique...

From pigs to gators, Florida deputy rescues critters

Nov. 14, 2021 04:13 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Could the Lee County Sheriff’s Office have its very own Deputy Doolittle? On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office’s unofficial animal whisperer, Sergeant Dave Drum, once again came to the rescue of one of Southwest Florida’s animal residents. ...

Feds propose threatened status for alligator snapping turtle

Nov. 08, 2021 17:38 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that it is proposing threatened status for alligator snapping turtles -- huge, spike-shelled reptiles that lurk at the bottom of lakes and slow waterways, luring prey to their mouths by sticking out a wormlike lure. ...

Alligator crawls out of drain at Alabama apartment complex

Oct. 26, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama apartment complex was paid a visit by an unusual guest as children were coming home from school Monday afternoon: an alligator that crawled out of a storm drain. Kenisha Miller and her boyfriend, Anthony Patterson, told WKRG-TV that they...