Monday, October 09, 2023

An emotional support WHAT?

We've all heard of emotional support animals, and we usually think of dogs, or maybe cats, but... there is a man in Pennsylvania who has an emotional support alligator!  Yep!  You read that right!

Joseph Henney  is a reptile rescuer.  I had no idea reptiles needed rescuing.  Back in 2015, Wally was "rescued" from a pond in Florida, and a friend of Henney's took the alligator to him.  All these years later, Henney not only still has Wally the Gator, but he is a registered support animal.  Henney even took him to the ballpark before a Phillies game last month.  I believe the only reason they didn't let him in was because the Phillies were already warming up for the game.

His owner says that six-feet-long Wally has never bitten anyone in his 8 years of living with Henney.  He won't eat live food, either. He prefers Cheetos and is not kept in a cage.  He gives hugs and smiles.  He's got a huge following on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.  I'm not exactly sure how to feel about this.

I saw a TikTok of Wally swimming in a backyard pool with a couple of little girls, and they were playing with him.  It seemed a little creepy and dangerous to me.  I learned in science class that the brain of a reptile cannot feel emotions and is only concerned with self-preservation needs such as hunger and thirst.  So, how can Wally the Gator be explained?  Beats me!

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

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  1. The whole idea of taking animals around for emotional support has gone a bit too far. Those people need to think of the rest of the people in the world. We would not go anywhere near a place where a guy had an alligator of any size or age! Ridiculous. Use it at home, not in public.

  2. I don't know about that kind of a pet either. I wouldn't let my babies around it, but whatever floats his boat. I don't want an introduction.

    Love all the funnies and the chicken, biscuits and potatoes and gravy made me laugh out loud. Me too.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. ♥

  3. Any animal can at least be taught not to fear humans. That, unfortunately, can be a problem.

    Thanks for the laughs!


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