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I saw the little bugger sunning himself this morning on the drainage pipe. He looks pretty hungry......I told him that bassets are NOT on the menu! :mad:
 

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You tell him, dad! :)

Is there a wildlife place or game warden or someone that can remove the gator, especially since you have two cute little girls living with you now? :)
 

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Is there a wildlife place or game warden or someone that can remove the gator, especially since you have two cute little girls living with you now? :)
Probably not, that guy doesn't look especially big (unless that is a huge culvert he is sitting on). Maybe a place like Critter Control or other wildlife removal companies could come and get it.
 

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Are you sure that's a gator? If you live far enough south in Florida, it might be a crocodile. His snoot looks too skinny to be a gator. It could just be the picture angle.
 

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Pesky bad alligator or crocodile does have some awfully nice markings, though-- hey, Mr. Hank, methinks u should make a drawing or painting of it! i would myself, xcept i got no artistic or fine arts skillz :(

also, Mr. Hank, wanted to tell u and ur peeps about that Woody Allen movie, "Midnight in Paris." Since u r so good at art, ya might find it interesting. They reference a lot of well-known painters. it's pretty kewl, if u ask me.
--Worm

ps. Gator Galz-- just make sure ur Pop gets that shotgun ready, ya know, just in case. hmm.... i keep worrying that ya might go out the backyard one day for potty and what if the gator is waiting for u on LAND?? :eek: could that ever happen?
 

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Worm...there's a saying about gators. It's not the ones you see that you should worry about. It's the ones you don't. So I say just keep the Gator Twins away from the water's edge. Luckily gators and crocs can only dash at great speeds for a few feet. If you ever have one chasing you just run at right angles. They can't change direction as fast as we can. The gator does look pretty small but doesn't lessen the danger of course! Good luck and stay safe Gator Twins!
 

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I hope your Bassets don't like to swim! Here is a picture I took of a Falcon nest located across the parking lot from the local dog park (picture is not very good). Glad my dogs are big enough not to get swooped up!! :)



and from the dog park:
 

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I don't think he is a croc...but I didn't really look that close at him. I'm in West Palm Beach, so we don't see many crocs. Yes, he is kinda cute. The pic is not all that great b/c my telephoto lens does not have image stabilization and we were in the middle of getting pelted with the feeder bands from Hurricane Irene.

The girls are not allowed to go in the back yard at all. I keep them in the front. He is too small for me to get animal care and controll out here to move him. Probably by next summer he will be big enough.

Yes wormie...They have been known to come up on land and sit outside your sliding glass door. They also can climb fences and go through doggie doors!!! A weee bit scary !!
 

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When talking to wildlife guys in Florida, they often don't care if wildlife bothers pets because they consider pets to be the invasive species. We had an eagle living on top of a big tree in our apartment parking lot in St. Pete, and it would attack neighborhood dogs. He liked to dig his talons into their backs and then take off. I was afraid it was going to actually take off with a neighbor's poodle, or slice up a kid's back. The officer told us that not only couldn't we try to get him to move, that if he did grab a pet, we shouldn't try to rescue them because that would be interfering with their feeding rights. My response to that isn't printable. I just made sure mine was always on a leash just in case. He'd have to be strong enough to get us both.
 

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Dog Pack Attacks Gator In Florida
At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty.

The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the "apex predator", can still fall victim to implemented 'team work' strategy, made possible due to the tight knit social structure and "survival of the pack mentality" bred into the canines.

See the remarkable photograph below courtesy of Nature Magazine.

Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing. The third dog attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.




Not for the squeamish
 

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Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing. The third dog attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.




Not for the squeamish

OMG!!! That is tooo cute!
 

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Pesky bad alligator or crocodile does have some awfully nice markings, though-- hey, Mr. Hank, methinks u should make a drawing or painting of it! i would myself, xcept i got no artistic or fine arts skillz :(

also, Mr. Hank, wanted to tell u and ur peeps about that Woody Allen movie, "Midnight in Paris." Since u r so good at art, ya might find it interesting. They reference a lot of well-known painters. it's pretty kewl, if u ask me.
--Worm
And no I haven't heard of that movie, but it does sound interesting..Maybe I'll watch it over the weekend.

Hmm maybe I will have to do a picture of the gator twins sitting on top of the gator like they just wrestled and won the fight against it- or something a long those lines. Definitely would be a fun little project and I know that Bessi and Smili would be fun subjects to include
 

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. The gator does look pretty small but doesn't lessen the danger of course
It most certainly does that is why the nusanance allegator program in Florida does not bother with gators under 4 feet.

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Generally, alligators less than 4 feet in length are not large enough to be dangerous unless handled. They eat small fish, frogs, and other small animals. Typically, they are not large enough to be a threat to even small pets. The mere presence of a small alligator is not cause for concern. Occasionally alligators less than 4 feet in length are legitimate problems and must be addressed. If an alligator less than four feet in length is in a location that is not natural (such as a swimming pool or garage), call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).
 

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Hmm maybe I will have to do a picture of the gator twins sitting on top of the gator like they just wrestled and won the fight against it- or something a long those lines. Definitely would be a fun little project and I know that Bessi and Smili would be fun subjects to include

Sounds like a cute idea! You are a very talanted artist!! Could this be the start of their modeling career??
 
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