Friday, September 24, 2004

Fugitive alligator back at Gulf Shores zoo

Chucky, the most wanted fugitive out of Gulf Shores, Ala. and a 12-foot long, 1,000-pound alligator, proved on Sept. 22 that you can go home again. After creating a national stir when he disappeared during Hurricane Ivan, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo's star attraction was spotted on Sept. 21 in a sludgy drainage ditch inside the zoo grounds. A team of gator trackers captured him with a noose and heavy duct tape. (It really can do everything!) State troopers and local police officers then helped haul him to a bear pen before returning him to the shallow pond where he has spent the last 15 years. Welcome home, Chucky!

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