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Rare albino alligator babies hatched at Wild Florida

By Michelle Spitzer
For FLORIDA TODAY

What’s cuter than a baby alligator? (Come on, baby anything is cute.)

An albino baby alligator!

Four of these adorable little creatures were born Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Wild Florida in Kenansville, located about an hour from Melbourne.

Officials at the drive-thru safari and alligator park claim this is the first attraction in the world to successfully breed albino alligators.

“This is the most incredible thing we have done,” said Wild Florida co-owner Sam Haught. “Helping create more excitement, interest and casting a bigger spotlight on all crocodilians is just one of the many pieces that speaks to our mission here at Wild Florida.”

Four albino alligators were born Tuesday at Wild Florida in Kenansville, about an hour from Melbourne.

Pop culture often depicts alligators as fierce carnivores, but the Wild Florida team hopes to help develop a more positive attitude towards these reptiles. Their mission is to debunk common myths based on fear, and educate the public about alligators through live demonstrations and interactive experiences.

The little guys, (or girls – still too early to tell,) are about 5 inches long and will stay in protective care for the next few weeks.

They haven’t been named yet, but the Wild Florida staff is hoping to come up with some “wintery, frozen” names. Mom and Dad, named Snowflake and Blizzard, are both albino.

Blizzard and Snowflake, the parents of the new hatchlings, are rare albino alligators that live at Wild Florida adventure park in Kenansville, Florida. Blizzard, the male, is 10 feet long, and Snowflake, the female, is about 8 feet long. Their skin is completely white and sensitive to sunlight, but they have a special climate-controlled exhibit at the park.

Back in May, the Croc Squad team at Wild Florida collected the couple’s 26 eggs and placed them in an incubator. After 81 days, the little ones made their appearance.

“These albino babies will definitely inspire our guests,” Haught said. “Our team can’t wait to share these little miracles with everyone.”

Wild Florida

Where: 3301 Lake Cypress Road, Kenansville

When: The park is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets: For the Alligator Park: $10 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under. Florida residents get admission for $5. Admission to the Alligator Park is included for guests who purchase tickets to Wild Florida’s Drive-Thru Safari Park, airboat tour or an animal encounter experience.

Info: Call 407-957-3135 or 866-532-7167

On the web:  wildfloridairboats.com

Spitzer can be reached at michelle@bymichellespitzer.com and on Instagram at ByMichelleSpitzer.

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