The Vancouver Public Aquarium has a problem ... its largest alligator persists in biting turtles?
GV Ext. Vancouver Public Aquarium.
Cu Sign - "Aquarium"
CU Plaque - "American Alligator"
SV People look down into pool.
TV Alligator in pool.
SV Official climbs down to pool.
LV Official removes muzzle.
CU Alligator being fed.
TV Official replaces muzzle.
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Background: The Vancouver Public Aquarium has a problem ... its largest alligator persists in biting turtles and other creatures which share its pool. The alligator has been at the aquarium for more than a year and is usually quite docile. Aquarium officials have had to design a special muzzle, however, to curb its wandering teeth.
One official, Bill Duncan, has taken over the job of keeping the reptile muzzled. It has to be taken off each time the alligator is fed - but that happens only twice a week. The six-feet beast feeds on fish and meat.
Alligators grow about one foot each year and, in maturity, usually reach a length of ten feet. Mr. Duncan says his job of muzzling the alligator - while rather a dangerous one - will allow him to get to know the beast better. It is doubtful, however, if this method of making friends is appreciated by one restricted alligator.