TEL AVIV (Jul. 11)
Israel is shortly to export its first consignment of locally-raised alligators to the U.S. The first batch of several dozen gaters, hatched and raised at the Hamat Gader crocodile and alligator farm in Galilee, are to be sent to buyers in Texas. The young animals, aged between one-and-a-half and two years of age, sell for between $100 and $200 each.
Ronni Lotan, the farm manager, reports that in the past few weeks some 900 alligator eggs were hatched, twice last year’s total, and some 400 baby alligators should survive. Two adult female alligators died last weekend, following a fight between the two of them over the favors of a male.
One of the females was badly hurt by the other, and had to be shot. The keepers decided that the attacker was a rogue who had misbehaved previously. She, also, was shot as she was regarded as dangerous to the other farm residents.