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WATCH: Alligator Falls in Love With City Sanitation Truck
10 Connects News ^ | 2/15 | Beau Zimmer

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.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: alligator
WATCH: Alligator falls in love with city sanitation truck
1 posted on 02/17/2009 1:08:42 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Well maybe it is nicer to her than the male gators are! LOL


2 posted on 02/17/2009 1:11:55 PM PST by buffyt (BAILOUTS ARE FOR COMMUNISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

“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?


3 posted on 02/17/2009 1:12:51 PM PST by eCSMaster
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To: buffyt

Probably smells better anway


4 posted on 02/17/2009 1:13:53 PM PST by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else" Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: nickcarraway
What's not to love?


5 posted on 02/17/2009 1:28:19 PM PST by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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One man’s trash truck, is...............


6 posted on 02/17/2009 1:34:38 PM PST by freeplancer (McCain Voters Catch the Lobsters-Obama Voters Eat Them)
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To: nickcarraway
"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,"

  It's very important to get this right the first time

7 posted on 02/17/2009 1:36:04 PM PST by grjr21
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