Skip to comments.WATCH: Alligator Falls in Love With City Sanitation Truck
Posted on 02/17/2009 1:08:42 PM PST by nickcarraway
Animal caretakers at Jungle Gardens say one of their female alligators has fallen for a most unlikely match.
"Attitude", as she's known at the family attraction, is a 25-30 year-old American alligator who has been in captivity at the park for 10 years.
Recently, caretakers noticed unusual behavior coming from Attitude each time city garbage trucks would show up to pick up trash.
"It's very consistent. Every time they come, she'll pick her head and tail up and let out a huge roar," said Julie Harder, Attitude's caretaker.
"It's very loud and intimidating if you're not expecting it."
The behavior, called bellowing, is how alligators communicate with one another during mating season.
Experts at Jungle Gardens believe Attitude may be mistaking the garbage truck's low rumble for a male alligator's mating call.
"The reverberations, coupled with the sounds of the giant metal hydraulic arms dumping the bin, ignite passion and love in the reptile," says Jungle Gardens Marketing and Groups director Chris Costanzo.
"We're not quite sure if she is in love with the garbage truck or if she's trying to tell it to get out of her territory," Harder says.
Either way, the bellowing sound consistently gets Attitude excited and now caretakers at the park are trying to find out if other captive alligators have had similar garbage truck attractions.
Jungle Gardens opened in 1940 and is one of the oldest continually operated attractions in Florida.
Well maybe it is nicer to her than the male gators are! LOL
“Every time they come, she’ll pick her head and tail up and let out a huge roar,” said Julie Harder
This is a joke, right?
Probably smells better anway
One man’s trash truck, is...............
It's very important to get this right the first time