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A gator maître d' and trading for beer

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Alligators made a strong appearance in news headlines today. A four-footer named Wally has been approved to greet guests at a Michigan restaurant, and a Florida man attempted to trade another gator for a 12-pack of beer.

On December 10, Fernando Aguilera trapped and attempted to trade a small alligator for a 12-pack of beer at a local convenience store, reports CNN. Local officials, who were shocked at Aguilera’s attempted barter, promptly cited him saying it was an “extremely unusual situation, and a sad situation for the alligator.” Aguilera may face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. The alligator was returned to the wild unharmed.

Farther north, the City Council of Port Huron, Michigan has approved the use of the alligator Wally to greet guests at the new restaurant Cajun Gator. The issue passed with a 4-2 vote, according to reports from The Detroit News. Councilwoman Anita Ashford, who voted against the use of Wally, said she wasn’t “comfortable with the idea of a live alligator in an eatery.”

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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