In keeping with Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s mission to put animal welfare first, animal care specialists got up close and personal with the Zoo’s pair of American alligators this week. The two nine-year-old reptiles, Randall and Dante, were due for their annual veterinary exam. The fact that alligators are extremely dangerous was not a consideration in scheduling their veterinary appointment; how to catch them and hold them still for the doctor was.
“Good veterinary care is vital to the wellbeing of our animals,” said Gregg Dancho, Zoo director. “We spend a great deal of time and effort on preventative health care, and the alligators are no different from any other animal. Our caretakers are carefully trained and practice the appropriate techniques for handling alligators, and their vet exam took place safely.”