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November 10, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Gator got home.

Old trees, old grandpa’s, and old gators. A lot in common.

Weathered much strife, gnarled appearance, dependent on the kindness of others – and just want a quiet place in the sun.

Most a bit fond of them despite their rough edges,

An alligator update so you won’t worry.

Alligator stepping out of truck (Click2houston.com)

What a weekend. Hope they have my room ready. Getting too old for bachelor parties. (click2houston.com screenshot)

The giant gator captured in a Sugar Land Home Depot parking lot was released into his new home at an El Campo alligator farm (Janik Alligators, I think).

His new best friend, gator hunter Christy Krobroth and her partner Chris, transported him in style.

The gator, estimated over 50 years old, is blind in one eye and the other is hazed over. He may only see shadows, so it’s possible he got confused when searching for Gatorade.

He’s missing about 12 inches of his tail. (Still over 12 feet and over 800 pounds)

Here’s the video of his arrival. (And Christy talks more about gator rescue.)

He even managed to let himself out of the truck. (You know old guys. They hate for everyone to be rushing around trying to help.)

While he didn’t end up among the rough and tumble young alligators at Brazos Bend State Park, he’s safe and will be watch over in perhaps a more suitable retirement community.

A place in the sun. Hopefully, with a few friends who care.

He’s done all right.

Later, gator.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

(Previous post and pictures about Godzilla Gator of Sugar LandΒ here.)

gator walking in front of truck. (Click2houstonscreenshot)

Landscaping is acceptable. Now off to see if the pool is up to standards…(Click2houston.com screenshot)

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33 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner / Nov 10 2015 4:01 pm

    Maybe he confused the gators on the poloshirts for relatives and followed the people? Have a good time that the farm… and a lot of Gatorade efurry day…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 10 2015 4:14 pm

      That’s it, Easy. The gator not seeing too well, thought it was a gator gathering. Thanks for nosing out the obvious!.

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  2. sportsattitudes / Nov 10 2015 5:23 pm

    That Gator has lived a darn good life and deserves to go out in grand style. He’ll be the talk of the town in his new residence. A happy tale/tail!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 10 2015 5:30 pm

      I understand they resort management hopes their ladies will take an interest in him. Maybe he knew exactly what he was doing? Certainly big grins all around. Thanks for splashing down here with a comment

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      • sportsattitudes / Nov 10 2015 7:04 pm

        He may soon own the nickname the “Gator Mater”if the ladies take a liking to him!

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Nov 10 2015 5:44 pm

    I love a happy ending.

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  4. Ally Bean / Nov 10 2015 8:18 pm

    As much as I think alligators are scary and weird, I’m happy that he found a good place to live out his days. Safe. Away from people, I presume. Nice ending to the story.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 11 2015 2:37 am

      What’s scare to me is how fast they can go from perfectly still to zoom. Fascinating, but best seen from a distance. Thanks for snapping up a comment to leave.

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  5. PiedType / Nov 10 2015 8:28 pm

    So glad the right people found him and treated him with the respect he’s earned.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 11 2015 2:38 am

      He’ll probably end up with his own reality TV show. Got that winning personality! Thanks for bobbing long enough to chat

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  6. The Coastal Crone / Nov 10 2015 9:58 pm

    Oh, he deserves a nice retirement community where he can live out his days in peace. Perhaps he was looking for his old home and found a Home Depot instead.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 11 2015 3:00 am

      He was looking for something to build on and, surprise, won a brand new home! No doubt he’s love the past couple of warm baking days – gives him time to settle in and meet the neighbors. It is a storybook ending. Thanks for shuffling by with a comment

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  7. Roxie / Nov 10 2015 10:01 pm

    Poor gator, nobody will let him hang out at the front door as a greeter – think Walmart???
    glad they shifted his focus to more appropriate space, away from SUVs.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 11 2015 3:04 am

      Really. He has that big grin. Personality, too. People flock to see him. Walmart missed a bet there. It looks like a good spot for him – the wilds of Brazos Bend Park might have some youngsters out to make a name for themselves. Tiresome teenagers! Thanks for carefully pushing the comment cart over here.

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  8. Robin / Nov 10 2015 10:01 pm

    Good. πŸ™‚

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  9. Robin King / Nov 10 2015 10:35 pm

    ::whew:: Good for him! He’s like 175 in shoe-years. But where did he come from? A stray?
    Thank you for the update. Pickles was worried. She’s taken quite a shine to him. Don’t tell Bob. πŸ˜‰

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 11 2015 3:11 am

      The Gulf coastal wetlands – and the rivers in central and east TX are gator country. He may have floated down like a log with all the flooding on the rivers – they are still high. That particular area has lots of bayous and lakes – and the neighborhoods know the gators lived there first – it’s a natural environment. Does freak out some buy into the beautiful area not realizing their neighbors smile very toothily.
      The gator resort is probably a better place than the wilds of the Brazos Bend State Park where there are lots of young gators showing off all the time. Bet he soon gets his own fan club and Face Book page. There’s something about his smile – no wonder Pickles was smitten. (Bob is busy watching jousting dogs…the whole story will disappear before he knows it!) Paw waves and thanks for swimming by.

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  10. sustainabilitea / Nov 11 2015 2:32 am

    I almost feel bad for him. Still, I hope I don’t see you later, alligator.

    janet

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 11 2015 3:14 am

      Actually this is a wonderful outcome where he probably won’t have to face challenging teenage gators next spring. – He’ll probably have a Facebook page soon…No doubt he is miffed about not getting to pick up whatever he wanted as Home Depot. But there’s always Amazon and drone delivery? Thanks for scratching up a comment

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  11. EllaDee / Nov 11 2015 3:01 am

    A gatored community for an old gator? πŸ™‚

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  12. jannatwrites / Nov 11 2015 4:41 am

    Looks like he’s been set up with some nice digs there. I’m glad he’s got a safe place to live out his life. I don’t know much about gators but his age and stats seem impressive.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 11 2015 2:53 pm

      Who could not love this guy? Such a smile and air of confidence that only comes with age. No doubt he will soon have his own fan club. Thanks for seeing him safely home.

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  13. roughseasinthemed / Nov 12 2015 6:09 pm

    I love happy endings with animals tales (slightly missing tails?) doesn’t make up for the bad ones, but it’s nice to see a good one from time to time.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 12 2015 9:58 pm

      Was a bit worried where this senior citizen was going to end up. He had such a charming smile. He played his scales right. Thanks for following the gator’s tale.

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  14. marthaschaefer / Nov 13 2015 12:34 pm

    Aww, love a story with a happy ending!

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  15. Littlesundog / Nov 15 2015 4:48 am

    What a cool, old fella. I daresay he’s a clever kind of guy to live so long. What finesse just dropping off the tailgate like that. πŸ™‚

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 15 2015 9:39 pm

      For some reason, I’m rather fond of this old gentleman. Must be his smile – and you are right, he’s still quite capable of handling himself. Glad he’s found a spot in the sun. Thanks for cruising by.

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