When we say “power lunch,” we’re not talking about business executives making big decisions while noshing on a meal. No, we’re talking about actual power – like when a 200-pound alligator lunges forward, clamps its massive jaws onto a jumbo-sized rat off a stick, then swallows it whole.
Feeding the zoo’s alligators is not for the faint of heart. Zoo keepers deliver the gators’ food with long tongs, staying as far away from the reptiles as possible. The zoo’s two American alligators, Ron and Penelope, are cooperative at feeding time, but they’re far from cuddly.
Aside from rats, the alligators also eat specially-formulated biscuits and gelatin – yes, gelatin – twice a week. According to area manager Shelley Scherer, “They’re still hungry after eating the rats and biscuits. The gelatin keeps them full without adding unnecessary calories.”
Alligators were once endangered in the United States. But strong laws and careful management brought this species back from the brink of extinction. The population of alligators is now stable.
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