Officials: Gator isn't naturally orange

12:10 PM, Jan 7, 2011   |    comments
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VENICE, Florida (AP) -- Sylvia Mythen snapped a photo when she spotted an orange alligator sunning beside a neighborhood canal.

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Wildlife officials said Thursday the gator is not naturally orange. Experts with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have scrutinized the photo and determined the color is not genetic. They believe the gator was somehow covered in paint or an orange substance.

But that hasn't stopped the fun for Mythen, who is in her 70s. She wanted to share the photo of the brightly colored gator with her grandchildren in Indiana. She says she snapped the photo in the Sorrento Woods neighborhood, where she often does volunteer work.

She also sent the photo to a local television station and can't believe the attention it has generated.

 

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