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Alligator in Califormia

This month's picture was taken by Desiree Wong, and what makes it particularly interesting is the location: Lake Machado in California. You don't need to check your distribution maps to know that alligators aren't found in California, so Des tells the story...

"This photo was taken of Reggie, a former pet American Alligator that was released in 2005 by an ex-policeman into Lake Machado (Harbor City, CA). On the date it was taken (15 May 2007) Reggie continued to roam the lake with no outwardly aggression to bystanders. In fact, Reggie maintained his distance! He was quite an amazing sight amidst a concrete jungle. In Reggie's best interest, a team was due to arrive this summer to trap Reggie and relocate him to the Los Angeles Zoo. I was extremely fortunate to have an opportune photo of him roaming free."

I've changed Des' story to the past tense, because on 24 May Reggie was captured by city employees and a staff member from LA Zoo where he is currently under quarantine. You can read more about that here. Des took the photograph with a Canon EOS 5D with a Canon IS 100-400mm lens, fully extended.



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