TESTIMONY. “Wally is my emotional support alligator!”

Wally is not an alligator like the others. Incapable of showing the slightest aggressiveness and gentle as a lamb, the reptile has become the best friend of its master to whom it brings a lot of comfort!

Last August, some visitors to Love Park in Philadelphia had a real scare when they came across… an alligator! But the leash attached to the animal’s neck and the young age of its companion reassured them: no, the animal did not want their life. He only wanted to cool off at the fountains in the park. Because Wally, as he was baptized, is not a alligator wild and bloodthirsty. He was adopted in September 2016 by Joie Henney, a 68-year-old crocodile rescuer who knows reptiles like no other.

Contacted by a friend living in Florida, he was moved by the disastrous fate that could have been that of the little animal, collected at the age of 14 months in a lagoon when he was only 50 centimeters tall. “There are a lot of alligators in this area. […] But in this state, they are considered pests and are either euthanized or placed in captivity,” he told CNN. Joy didn’t think long and agreed to take the little alligator home to Pennsylvania. .

The gentle presence of the animal has supported Joie in her fight against cancer

For six years, man and animal have become the best friends in the world. “Wally is very different from any alligator I’ve come in contact with over the past thirty years. He hasn’t shown any aggressiveness since the day he was captured. We could never figure out why. He’s just adorable. He sleeps with me, steals my pillows and my blankets”, details Joie Henney, definitely under the spell.

Wally brings him so much happiness that he has officially applied for a license to register his scaled companion as an emotional support animal! The alligator was indeed a precious comfort when Joie underwent radiotherapy sessions to fight against cancer.

Wally tops the Best Pet contest!

Having become a star on the networks, Wally no longer scares anyone. “People are really excited and happy to meet him. […] Wally is the only alligator I know that refuses to bite. It’s hard to believe, but it’s the truth”, enthuses his master. And his notoriety is confirmed with each walk in the park. “The walkers rushed as soon as they heard that Wally was there. Everyone wanted to touch him, take a picture of him,” explains Joie, who has only one wish: that Wally’s gentleness and kindness will be emulated.

He entered his friend into America’s Favorite Pet, the American version of the best pet. On his profile, the animal is displayed proudly with sunglasses and it is indicated that he loves to cuddle. This unique entry won over many voters and the alligator currently holds first place in its category. Wally may not be aggressive, but he does have some bite.

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