Just days after being captured by the DEC, the famed Whitney Point alligator has a new home and a new name.
The alligator was taken to Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, home of world-famous giraffes April, Oliver, and Tajiri.
The park tweeted out late Monday night that they have decided to name the alligator Whitney.
Whitney will be quarantined for a few days before being put on exhibit, bringing the park’s total number of alligators to 4.
The DEC said on its Facebook page that they captured the alligator on Saturday after a failed attempt on Friday.
They say the alligator came in at 39 inches long, and weighing around 10-15 pounds.
They believe the alligator is approximately 2-4 years old.
It is illegal to keep an alligator as a pet in New York, however DEC officials say they believe somebody got the alligator out of state and kept it as a pet until it became too large to care for, then releasing it in New York waters.
We were happy to provide a home for the alligator rescued in Whitney Point!
🐊 will be called Whitney, it will eventually be on exhibit! pic.twitter.com/tY5yfmmgyq— Animal Adventure (@AnmlAdvntrPark) August 1, 2017