You would think if an alligator took up residence at a local Walmart everyone would want it rehomed. It turns out, that is not the case. An alligator living at a North Carolina Walmart is actually gaining support.
The alligator has found his spot in a retention pond at a Walmart in the Eastern part of the state. He can be found in Havelock. That town is about 130 miles from Raleigh. The North Carolina Wildlife Commission is aware of the situation. Many people are not upset about this at all.
Some residents are saying he belongs there! And they have even named him. Some people call him Ollie, others say he looks more like a Henry. The News and Observer gets this quote from one resident who likes the reptile just where he is :
“If someone gets attacked, more than likely they jumped the fence and they will deserve whatever Ollie Gator gives them!” Frank L Sullivan Sr. wrote on the city’s Facebook page. Alligators are native to North Carolina and human population has driven them closer. To learn more about this story get all the details from the News and Observer right here.
NOTICE: An alligator was spotted in the retention pond at the Havelock Wal-Mart. Wildlife Control has been contacted. For your safety, please do not approach or feed the alligator.Posted by City of Havelock, North Carolina on Friday, February 24, 2023
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We must protect our planet and the animals that live there. Animal and plant species that are endangered or threatened are identified and protected under North Carolina’s endangered species policy. This policy is implemented and enforced by the state as well as the federal government.
The Wildlife Diversity Program of the Wildlife Commission manages projects and programs that benefit nongame species. North Carolina is home to more than 700 nongame species, including songbirds and other birds, reptiles and amphibians, freshwater mussels, fish, and crustaceans. Support the Wildlife Diversity Program by contributing to the N.C. Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund. The destruction of habitat and pollution have put dozens of species at risk in North Carolina.
I am passionate about animals. I adore them. Every time I see one on the roadside, I cry a little. So I guess you could call me an animal lover. Because of this, I’m passionate about keeping them safe. It’s critical we protect the ones we have left. Here’s more information about protecting wildlife in North Carolina.