39-year-old alligator allowed to swim in US water park as summer season closes

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‘G’ is a 39-year-old alligator weighing 300 pounds and measuring 12 feet in length.

One of Scovill Zoo’s elderly residents, an alligator, was given a visit to a water park in Illinois, United States, to conclude the summer visitor season. A post was shared Thursday by the official Scovill Zoo handle on Facebook, along with a video of the alligator taking a dip in the body of water. The male alligator named ‘G’ is a long-term resident of Scovill Zoo. It got a day-long excursion to Splash Cove to visit the lazy river, the post said.

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‘G’ is a 39-year-old alligator weighing 300 pounds and measuring 12 feet in length. Before the visit to the water park, G had never left his captivity far and had never been submerged in water deeper than a few feet. The dedicated caretakers decided to use G swimming as a method to improve his life and provide other experiences.

“He loved brushing up on his swimming skills, bobbing in the current of the river, and letting us know he enjoyed his trip to the lazy river by refusing to leave,” the post said.

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G finally decided to come out and then basked in the sun for a few minutes on the concrete deck before venturing safely back to his home at Scovill Zoo. We’re pretty sure he had a big alligator smile and of life held on his vacation day,” the message continued.

G and the zoo keepers hope there should be an annual trip for the alligator at the end of each summer when people leave the water park and before staff clear the pools for the winter.

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The post has gained over 61,000 views and over a thousand likes since it was shared. Several responses have been received in the comment box.

“It needs a bigger housing for everyday life. I couldn’t imagine being held in such a small space all my life,” wrote one user.

Another said: “My 3 year old wants to know if he can go down the water slides too.”

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