The Hattiesburg Zoo mourns an alligator

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - A longtime resident of the Hattiesburg Zoo has passed away. Gator the alligator died on November eighteenth.

The male alligator weighed eight hundred pounds and lived at the Zoo for more than thirty years. Zoo Administrator, Lori Banchero said Gator came to the Hattiesburg Zoo as a fully grown adult.

She said he had a good, long life because alligators typically live between thirty to fifty years.

"And the zoo staff and myself are all saddened whenever we have a loss of one of our animals here," said Banchero.

Gator leaves behind his exhibit mate named Little Girl. She is a female alligator. There is no word yet on whether the Zoo plans to find her a new friend.

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