Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The Leucistic Gators of Gatorland
While on vacation, it's tempting to flit from attraction to attraction, never spending more than the minimum amount at any. After all, there's so much out there to see, right? But my wife and I have visited Gatorland before, and on this trip, we wanted to spend more time there. For a little more than the price of a single-day ticket, we purchased an annual pass. It gave us the option of coming back again, and as an added bonus, we also saved money on food and in the gift shop.
On our second visit, the weather was cold. So we hung out inside the White Gator exhibit, and enjoyed sketching our reptilian friends. There we learned that the White Gators are not Albino, but called Leucistic Gators. This term has to do with the reason behind their lack of pigmentation, but the only obvious difference is that these White Gators had colored eyes, whereas those of an Albino would be pink.
It was interesting to study our White Gators, and as other visitors stopped by, they even asked us questions about them. As my wife had read the signs, she handled the latter like a seasoned professional. But then, I have a high regard for her advice and counsel.
After awhile, it was time to leave our new friends, as my wife wanted to warm up, and catch the Gator Wrestling show. So we left it to other human visitors to keep the White Gators of Gatorland company, and celebrate the holidays with them.
But then, who wouldn't jump at the chance of spending some quality time with this adorable little fellow?