LA Zoo's alligators awaken from cold-weather state

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Zoo says its two alligators have awakened from brumation — a hibernation-like state that cold-blooded animals use during cold weather.

The zoo said this week that the alligators, Reggie and Tina, are now swimming, floating and sunning themselves.

They are now getting along after what the zoo says was a bumpy introduction.

Reggie was a cast-off discovered living in a park lake in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles in 2005. He became famous as he eluded captors until he was wrangled in 2007 and brought to the zoo.

Tina lived 18 years at the suburban Pasadena Humane Society, where she ended up in 1998 when a traveling wildlife program failed to get proper California permits. She was moved to the Los Angeles Zoo last August.


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