Just over a week after the New York State DEC captured an alligator behind the Whitney Point fairgrounds, a second alligator has been trapped a short distance away.
“It’s safe to say a second alligator exists,” Whitney Point mayor Ryan Reynolds said on Sunday evening after confirming that New York State Police had seen the second animal.
The second alligator was safely captured by a Department of Environmental Conservation team earlier on Monday, about a quarter mile from where the first was recovered.
At 45 inches in length, the second alligator is just a half foot longer than the first, who’s been dubbed “Whitney” at Animal Adventure Park, which will provide both alligators a permanent home.
“The most recent addition to our alligator family is thriving,” says Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park. “Whitney will soon complete quarantine, and will join our exhibit in the coming days.”
“Animal education and appreciation is our top priority at Animal Adventure Park,” says Patch. “We are thrilled to be able to provide this animal with a safe, appropriate environment and the home it deserves.” The facility also houses April the Giraffe, who famously gave birth this spring.
Animal Aventure Park in Harpursville, near Binghamton, is open to the public, with daily hours of 10am-5pm May 13th through September 4th. Fall hours, open just Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, run September 5th to October 22nd.