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Old Joe, Stuffed Alligator

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Crawfordville, Florida

Died 1966

Pet Cemetery.

Old Joe was an 11-foot-long alligator of undetermined age (some said he was 300) who lived on a sand bar in Wakulla Springs. He never bothered anybody -- not even the children and pets who swam around him. He was much beloved by the locals until he was shot dead by a poacher in 1966.

The Fish and Wildlife Service stuffed Joe, then dragged him around the state for years, an exhibit to be poked and prodded by sticky-fingered school kids. Now Joe is back home, in dignified retirement in a glass case in the lobby of the Wakulla Springs Hotel. "We just had him redone," the desk clerk told us. "He looks real nice."

Also see: Mascots | Roadside Pet Cemetery

Old Joe, Stuffed Alligator

Wakulla Springs Lodge

Address:
550 Wakulla Park Dr., Crawfordville, FL
Directions:
At the Wakulla Springs Lodge in the lobby.
Phone:
850-224-5950
RA Rates:
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