Wally, the emotional support alligator from Pennsylvania made headlines over the weekend. Unsurprisingly the news of an alligator being used as an emotional support animal was shocking enough for most, but for some, the most shocking part was that Wally doesn't live in Florida - because you know, we expect something like that from Floridians.
According to Wally's handlers, he loves to watch TV and act like a dog - a big 4-ft, scaly, green, deadly dog with bone-crushing teeth. Apparently, the creature is so docile (up to this point) that his handlers take him to make their rounds at assisted living facilities, where the residents happily greet and pet Wally.
Needless to say, Twitter users didn't remain quiet about the conversation piece.
I almost passed out from the shock of this NOT being a story from Florida:— Ashok Moore (@AshokMoore) January 20, 2019
Emotional support alligator visits senior living facility https://t.co/5BwmBSMD4A
Because every Florida man needs an emotional support alligator. https://t.co/FXSGONXjP4— US 102.3 (@thenewUS1023) January 18, 2019
At least it wasn’t “Florida man” for once.— Messianic Guy (@MessianicGuy) January 17, 2019
How do you rescue an alligator in Pennsylvania?
Anyone want to apply for a certificate for their emotional support tiger?
I’ve seen #FatalAttractions on @AnimalPlanet; I know how this is going to work out ... https://t.co/b2bDfQq2qJ
Wally even has his very own "Emotional Support Animal" tag and vest, which is admittedly pretty adorable. However, there is no official legal registration or training for emotional support animals and therefore the tag and vest mean virtually nothing without a signed doctor's note to back them up.
According to the ADA, emotional support animals are only common domestic animal including dogs, cats, or ferrets, and more. To qualify, the animal must be reasonably well behaved by typical pet standards, such as being toilet trained, and can’t be a nuisance or danger to others.
While Wally may not be living in Florida, we still have our share of exotic "emotional support animal" stories, like the woman who was arrested for trying to bring an emotional support squirrel on a plane in October.
Im from Florida my emotional support🐊🐊 alligator comeing with me.....😂😂😂😂😂🐊🐊🐊— Tama (@Tama28662751) October 11, 2018
Up to this point, Wally has been a heckin' good boy and hasn't shown any signs of aggression towards the public.