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Alligator Gar Released From Cruelty: Watch Him Swim! | Care2 Causes

Alligator Gar Released From Cruelty: Watch Him Swim! | Care2 Causes

Written by Ingrid Raath reporting from the United Arab Emirates In May, I saw an alligator gar in a pet shop in Abu Dhabi. I felt sorry for the poor fella. He was almost 90 cetimeters long in a tank one meter long. The alligator gar is not an actual alligator but an ancient species of fish that has survived for 100 million years in the rivers, streams and bayous of the southeastern United States. It grows to be hundreds of pounds and it’s name comes from its alligator-like snout and its double row of sharp teeth. I teach in the Western Region, three hours from Ahu Dhabi, and the few times I visited the pet shop, he was just laying still. I saw him move once, only to turn around and lay still again. At last I managed to talk to the pet shop owner (who was never there when I turned up) and he said for all he cared I could have the fish, as he had no bigger tank. I found the ...

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