Monday, May 19, 2008

National Park Immortalizes Famous Gator

WAYCROSS, Ga. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A 90-year-old gator is finding life after death.

Last year, the Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, Georgia, lost its most famous resident, Oscar the Alligator, who lived in the sanctuary since 1945.

Park manager Martin Bell recalls, “He was a legend at the park. We could see signs that this was coming, but it was still a shock.”

Though Oscar is now in gator heaven, Bell says he’ll remember him as a creature of habit who’d get feisty if someone tried to pet him.

As an homage to their scaly friend, the park is immortalizing Oscar by preserving his skeletal remains, along with all the objects found in his belly.

Among the treasures buried in the gator’s bowels were pennies, part of a flag pole, and a dog collar with tags.

Bell says, “People will be able to see him and pay their respects in a different form. We like to say he’s coming back in a ‘bone-a-fied’ state.”

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