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Gulfarium gator eats boy's turtle: 'Oh no alligator, let it go'
TheDestinLog ^ | October 11, 2010 | Angel McCurdy

Posted on 10/15/2010 6:04:50 PM PDT by Daffynition

OKALOOSA ISLAND — A local family remains upset four days after giving their pet turtle to the Gulfarium and watching it get eaten by an alligator.

Brenda Guthrie and her 8-year-old son Colton witnessed Tomalina’s death as the red-eared slider disappeared into the alligator’s jaws. When the two looked away from the sight, she said they could hear the crunching of the turtle’s shell.

“He was jumping up and down screaming,” Guthrie said of her son’s reaction. “He was shouting, ‘Oh no alligator, let it go.’ ”

Guthrie said that they decided to donate Tomalina after the turtle outgrew its aquarium. They chose the Gulfarium so that Colton could come back and visit the turtle.

They brought it there Thursday afternoon and watched as workers put the slider into the alligator exhibit, where two other red-eared sliders already live.

Gulfarium officials said that the alligator, Gracie, had just been hand-fed and that the gators normally don’t express interest in the turtles.

“It’s horrible for a little kid to have to see that,” said General Manager Don Abrams. “That’s not unusual to put sliders in the same exhibit. (The alligators) have never eaten a turtle in the exhibit before.

“It’s just Murphy’s law that nature would take over right then,” he added.

Abrams said the Gulfarium apologized to the Guthries numerous times and was surprised they had called the Northwest Florida Daily News.

Guthrie said the staff gave Colton a meet-and-greet with the dolphins, but she feels he deserves more compensation for what he saw.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: alligator; chomp; doh; redearedslider; turtle
RIP


1 posted on 10/15/2010 6:05:13 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
>>...she feels he deserves more compensation for what he saw.<<


2 posted on 10/15/2010 6:09:39 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Daffynition

LOL ...nature is a b!tch.


3 posted on 10/15/2010 6:11:14 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: Daffynition

The kid learned about nature.

Isn’t that was a zoo is for?

Compensation.... for what??


4 posted on 10/15/2010 6:15:58 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Daffynition

Welcome to the Wild Kingdom!


5 posted on 10/15/2010 6:17:19 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Daffynition
"but she feels he deserves more compensation for what he saw."

Money grubbing cow. He saw nature in action. Its a damn turtle, anyway. Not like its a dog or something.

6 posted on 10/15/2010 6:20:15 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (I AM the Impeccable Hat.)
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To: Drango
This story is a hoot!


7 posted on 10/15/2010 6:22:08 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: GeronL

Like the aquarium *owed* them some responsibility for *their* pet and *their* choice. Had to have been ‘Bama voters.


8 posted on 10/15/2010 6:26:42 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Nervous Tick
LOL


9 posted on 10/15/2010 6:27:54 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Celtic Cross

Well to him, the turtle was like a dog! For heaven’s sake, did the kid have to watch that? Maybe the place could have put the kid’s turtle in another tank or something. Why the alligator pen? Good grief people, you could have a little bit more sympathy than that!


10 posted on 10/15/2010 6:31:56 PM PDT by dsutah
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To: Daffynition

Compensation? He got a cool science workshop on how nature really works. Might become a conservative right then and there. And you could also do a Hypothesis Work Sheet: “What do you THINK might happen if you put a small, tasty pet in an alligator tank?”

DUH.


11 posted on 10/15/2010 6:33:51 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: dsutah

Nom nom nom.

12 posted on 10/15/2010 6:38:08 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (I AM the Impeccable Hat.)
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To: Daffynition

Comments at the link are great.


13 posted on 10/15/2010 6:41:24 PM PDT by Crawdad (Obamacare will lead to back-alley physicals.)
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To: dsutah

There are other turtles in the gator enclosure. Sounds like everybody felt that one more would be fine.


14 posted on 10/15/2010 6:42:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Crawdad

Welcome to the jungle, we got what you need.....


15 posted on 10/15/2010 6:42:47 PM PDT by 9422WMR (Illegal is not a race)
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To: Crawdad
Mom should have made the turtle wear a helmet into the enclosure.


16 posted on 10/15/2010 6:55:18 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Celtic Cross

God help me, but that’s FUNNY!


17 posted on 10/15/2010 7:03:57 PM PDT by tanuki (Obamacare, Cap and Tax, Amnesty, in that order....)
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To: Daffynition
as workers put the slider into the alligator exhibit, where two other red-eared sliders already live. Gulfarium officials said that the alligator, Gracie, had just been hand-fed and that the gators normally don’t express interest in the turtles.

I wonder that it never occurred to the zookeepers that to an alligator raised or kept in captivity and fed by handlers every day or whenever, seeing flesh being put into the water by handlers signalled "dinner" to the reptilian brain.

Stupid move. I don't "normally" have any interest in turtles either but if someone at a restaurant served one up to me on a platter I would assume it was meant to be eaten.

18 posted on 10/15/2010 7:08:34 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard (octoras)
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To: Daffynition
more compensation

They need to have the kid watch when they feed the live rodents to the snakes.

19 posted on 10/15/2010 7:09:20 PM PDT by bigheadfred (How many Angels can dance on the head of a PIN)
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To: Daffynition

If only this had been a Disney production, the turtle would have escaped in a whimisical manner after a suspenseful interlude. Unfortunately for the turtle, reality is not a Disney production.

Still, it’s not exactly easy for a kid to see a beloved pet consumed. Many FReeper pet owners would have themselves a pair of gator skin boots.


20 posted on 10/15/2010 7:10:22 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others)
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To: dsutah
Yeah, we got a batch of real jackasses here. They think an alligator living in a tank and being handfed by handlers has something to do with "nature." Idiots. probably average about thirteen years old.
21 posted on 10/15/2010 7:11:20 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard (octoras)
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To: Daffynition

That gator has the same eyes as my cat, Ms. Gina.


22 posted on 10/15/2010 7:12:56 PM PDT by Gapplega
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To: Drango

The comments here are incredibly stupid. Common sense dictates you don’t put the turtle with the alligators. Regardless of what type of animal the child felt a bond with it and to see it go like that is terrible. Obviously they aren’t entitled to compensation since they donated it but have a freaking heart.


23 posted on 10/15/2010 7:25:59 PM PDT by chevydude26
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To: dsutah

“Good grief people, you could have a little bit more sympathy than that!”

What? Instead the zoo should have made it into a feel good situation? That’s not real. Do you have a problem with reality?


24 posted on 10/15/2010 7:33:51 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: chevydude26; dsutah

Are you the same group that said we couldn’t dissect a frog in junior high? And the trauma, oh my goodness the TRAUMA of the snake eating the mouse in 3rd grade must have scarred your inner brain forever.

Wild Kingdom must be banned from TV I say!!!!!


25 posted on 10/15/2010 7:34:42 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: Daffynition

That’s a snapper. Good riddance.


26 posted on 10/15/2010 7:35:28 PM PDT by SgtHooper
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To: Daffynition

CRIKEY!

27 posted on 10/15/2010 8:38:39 PM PDT by JRios1968 (What is the difference between 0bama and his dog, Bo? Bo has papers.)
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To: GeronL

Yeh its called the food chain.


28 posted on 10/15/2010 8:55:35 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2
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To: JRios1968
Wait! Wait JR! They were feeding turtles to the 'gators not human babies! ;)


29 posted on 10/16/2010 3:49:55 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: hinckley buzzard; bigheadfred
Nature's got rules. Nature's got laws.


30 posted on 10/16/2010 4:09:18 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: SgtHooper
Yep. They are vicious critters in their own right.
31 posted on 10/16/2010 4:12:50 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Daffynition

Red Slider....The other white meat.......


32 posted on 10/16/2010 4:25:41 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: catfish1957
:D


33 posted on 10/16/2010 4:54:48 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Rembrandt

No I don’t! I just know that it’s just sad that this place couldn’t have saved some stinkin’ little tank somewhere else to put this little kid’s turtle in so he could visit it. But no, the first thing they did was put it in with the alligator so that the little kid had to see his turtle die like that! I think you’re being just a little insensitive!


34 posted on 10/16/2010 7:52:39 PM PDT by dsutah
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To: Drango

No I wasn’t. I just didn’t want to have to do it because I was afraid I’d get sick to my stomach! It’s not like I could’ve stopped it even if I wanted to! I was a little kid once, who wouldn’t have wanted to watch my little pet get eaten by a much larger animal.

Then, I was a mom and now a grandma who didn’t/wouldn’t want to see a little kid freak out when a pet got eaten by a larger animal right in front of him/her! Would you? I hope not! I realize it’s nature, but it’s still traumatizing to a little kid! Would you have wanted to see that as a child? What would you have wanted to hear from the adults around you? Then as an adult w/a child in the situation. Would you know what to say? Tell me, I’d like to know!


35 posted on 10/16/2010 8:12:18 PM PDT by dsutah
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To: chevydude26

Really! Some people on here need a lesson in sensitivity and manners. They just assume everybody should think like they do. If they don’t, they jump all over them, and make assumptions about them!


36 posted on 10/16/2010 8:18:48 PM PDT by dsutah
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To: Rembrandt

No, but I do have a problem w/people with bad manners who mock others who don’t think like they do, or feel the same way they do, thank you!

Smart-alecs...


37 posted on 10/16/2010 8:25:39 PM PDT by dsutah
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To: Daffynition
Visit your local Gulfarium today!

Feel free to bring your pets! They will be gratefully accepted, and well taken care of, as food donations.

38 posted on 10/16/2010 11:17:48 PM PDT by tdscpa
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To: tdscpa

39 posted on 10/16/2010 11:24:06 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Daffynition

Blue gator?


40 posted on 10/17/2010 6:13:55 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: darkangel82

Dunno. I do know he won’t be hungry for a few days.


41 posted on 10/17/2010 7:14:17 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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