Pennsylvania Guy’s Pet Alligator Is Deemed An ‘Emotional Support Animal’


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A man from Pennsylvania claims his pet gator is an ’emotional support animal,’ and he’s been taking the alligatoridae to visit senior citizens.

via Gfycat

Joie Henney, who from 1989 until 2000 hosted his very own fishing and hunting show on outlets notably ESPN Outdoors, and Wally his 4 1/2-foot gator, swung by the Glatfelter Community Center at an assisted living complex.

Henney urged staff members and residents not to be scared of the alligator’s mouth full of razor sharp teeth. “He’s just like a dog,” Henney spoke to local reporters. “He wants to be loved and petted.”

He stated Wally pays visits often to senior centers and schools. Henney alleged the gator is a registered emotional support animal, however isn’t bestowed any special perks under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Henney expressed Wally spends the majority of his time in his living room in a 300-gallon pond. He said the pet alligator enjoys hiding in his home’s cupboards and watching TV.

Despite their comparatively little brains, alligators are indeed capable of some “amazing” things, says Critter Management owner Joe Maffo. “For an animal 11 feet long with a brain less than a gram, they’re pretty amazing animals. They don’t make the same mistake twice.”

Gators’ intelligence may be sharper than humans originally assumed. Vladimir Dinets, a University of Tennessee psychology researcher, asserts: “For people working with alligators, it comes as little surprise because we already know how smart they can be, but for the general public it is apparently a bit unexpected.”

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