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Retired fire fighter David Van Buren has cared for his 13ft male alligator, named Gwendolyn, for 47 years, but the gruesome-twosome now face separation. 

The reptile, whose favourite snacks are pizza and cookies, has been with David since he was just nine-years-old. 

And ladies, he even took this lad to college. 

Back in 1994, Gwendolyn and David were separated for a time by government officials, but a judge overturned the decision and reunited the duo.

Now, David and his pal-igator are in trouble with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, who want David to make changes to his property to accommodate Gwendolyn.

David insists that Gwendolyn is healthy and is not a danger to anyone, and he will do whatever it takes to keep him. 

Lorenzo Veloz, an investiGATOR (it's too easy) for the commission, said that "Unfortunately, Gwendolyn the alligator is not in the proper caging it is supposed to be,” 

According to David, all parties involved in this dispute agree that it is in Gwendolyn's best interest to stay where he is, once all of the changes are implemented. 

Who said dogs are a man's best friend? 



The body of a two year old boy has been found by divers in Florida some 16 hours after he was snatched by an alligator at his Disney World hotel.

The child's body was intact upon discovery, authorities said at a press conference, meaning it was likely he drowned during the attack. 

The boy has now been identified as Lane Graves, the 2-year-old son of Matt and Melissa Graves, who hailed from Nebraska. 

He, his parents, and his four-year-old sister have been at the resort since Sunday and were at an outdoor movie night when the tragic event happened.

Local sheriff Jerry Jennings said he and a Catholic priest broke the news to them: “Of course, the family was distraught, but also I believe somewhat relieved that we were able to find their son’s body," the law enforcement officer said in the aftermath.

The youngster had seemingly been paddling in the lagoon attached to his hotel yesterday evening when the reptile attacked as his family looked on.

Local authorities had already stated that the child was unlikely to have survived the terrible incident. 

Disney has reportedly closed all the beaches at its resort in the aftermath.

This is the first reported alligator-related fatality of 2016 in Florida.

The boy was playing on the the Seven Seas Lagoon beach, a man-made body of water open to Disney guests, when he was taken by an alligator and dragged into the water.

His father Matt reportedly went in after him and fought to try to save his son, but he was unable to do so, and was injured in the process.

According to Reuters, a professional team of some 60 people were involved in the subsequent location of the child's body. 

US authorities have captured and killed five alligators in the area as part of their investigations. 



A toddler is missing in Florida after seemingly being taken by an alligator at his hotel near the Disney World resort. 

US authorities led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife, Reedy Creek Fire Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Office, are desperately searching for the two-year-old, who was snatched at around 9.20pm local time.

It is being reported that the boy was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

The child's Nebraska-based family of five was relaxing on the shoreline when the alligator attacked.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that his father entered the water and tried to grab the child from the animal, but was unsuccessful. He had scratches on his arms after the ordeal.

Rose Silva, spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed recently that the child has still not been found.

Witnesses say the reptile was more than 2metres long.

The search continues this morning.




This is not how anyone envisions a midnight swim ending. After warnings that an alligator has been seen in a Texas marina, a 28-year old man was fatally attacked when he entered the water.

Tommie Woodward was attacked and killed by an alligator when he took a dip in the early hours of the morning at Southeast Texas Marina on Friday.

According to the Associated Press, the Orange County Sheriff’s deputies and a Texas game warden found the man’s body at 4:30 am.

Tommie was warned not to jump in the water to swim before he was attacked by the alligator.

Justice of the Peace Rodney Price told KFDM that Tommie and a woman were standing at a landing on the dock before he jumped in.

When the woman heard Tommie scream for help, she jumped into the water. Then she felt something brush up against her.

Despite owners of the marina putting a sign in place to warn swimmers of the dangers of swimming in the area, Tommie and the woman had picked the spot for a quick swim that night after leaving the marina’s bar.

KFDM also reported the pair had received a verbal warning to avoid swimming in the area in case of the alligator appearing.

Thankfully the woman with Tommie at the time managed to escape the attack without any injuries.

A police Captain in the area, Robert Enmon told the Associated Press that in recent times a very large alligator had been spotted at the marina on multiple occasions.

Enmon noted that despite this being the only fatal attack he's seen in his 25-years of service; "you've got to remember that alligators are a predatory species, they are territorial, and they will take advantage of an opportunity."

The owners had decided to put signage in place in order to prevent and swimmers from coming into contact with the alligator.

 Unfortunately, that didn’t stop Tommie from entering the water.

The fatal attack is suspected to have been from the same alligator that the owners had been on the look-out for recently. The alligator is estimated to be 11 feet long.