800-pound alligator named Larry finds new home at Gatorland


Larry the alligator is leaving The Villages to live out retirement in Orlando.

The 800-pound alligator received worldwide attention when he was captured on video walking near Brownwood Paddock Square in The Villages.

Officials in The Villages called Gatorland and said Larry was getting a little too comfortable with humans and getting too close to them.

Gatorland decided to step in, and on Tuesday, it moved Larry to his new home.

“He was getting too close to people, getting too comfortable. People were feeding him, I think, and once these alligators lose their fear of man, they start associating food with man, that’s a train-wreck waiting to happen,” said Gatorland CEO Mark McHugh.

On Thursday, Larry spent some time checking out his new environment and getting to know his new neighbors.

Staff at Gatorland said Larry’s life will mostly be the same, but he will now be guaranteed three meals a day.

Larry will live in a pond that has about 120 other gators. His arrival coincides with the start of mating season, so it’s possible Larry will soon find himself a special scaly friend.

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