Alligator in Pennsylvania Not Likely to Survive
An alligator that turned up in Pennsylvania's Beaver Run Reservoir most likely will not survive through the winter. It is believed the alligator was a pet that someone decided they were not equipped to take care of, and it ended up in the reservoir. It is believed to be maybe 1 to 2 years old and about 5 feet long, but estimates could be off.
Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County owns the land around the reservoir. They are not allowing anyone in to try and remove the alligator. They think it is an unnecessary risk, and don't want anyone hurt attempting to remove the alligator. "The authority at this time has no interest in attempting to save the alligator," authority Manager Chris Kerr said Tuesday.
A woman from Lower Burrell, Kendra Fouse, will not accept this end for the alligator. "If it can be saved, why not save it?" she said. "I'm totally against cruelty to animals. If you're going to let it die, that's cruelty." She has set up a permanent home for the alligator at Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge and Rescue in Homestead, Fla. The reptile curator at the Pittsburgh zoo has also offered his assistance in getting the alligator from the reservoir, and to stay at the zoo temporarily until Fouse can raise the money to get the alligator to Florida.
The real party to blame would be the pet owner, and the people who sell animals like this as pets. It is a 50+ year commitment. The zoo reptile curator said, some people can't even commit to a marriage that long, how can they commit to a pet that long. From TribLiveNews.com.