Thursday, July 27, 2006

Gator Update

Man to pet: 'Later alligator' - "Man to pet: 'Later alligator'
Newsday Staff Writer

July 26, 2006, 12:37 AM EDT

Kevin Semeran enjoyed walking his 3-year-old alligator on a leash in the backyard of his Bay Shore home. She responded to her name -- 'Caution' -- and ate fish, mice, crickets and grasshoppers. Semeran once took Caution to a block party, and brought her to Gatorland in Kissimmee, Fla., last September so he could be trained in how to care for her.

On Friday, however, agents from the state Department of Environmental Conservation confiscated Caution, citing a state law prohibiting residents from owning alligators. Semeran said he did not know of the law, which was passed last year.

'I was heartbroken,' said Semeran, 24. 'That was my baby. She was a sweetheart.'"

Thanks to Ted Fitzgerald for the link.

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