Reggie Gets a New Roomie

The amazing life of an alligator

The most famous alligator in Southern California will show off his new pad, and his beautiful new roommate, at the Los Angeles Zoo on Monday.

Reggie the Alligator is moving into a new gator pond at the zoo, and will formally welcome the public to his digs Monday.

His roommate is a female alligator named Cajun Kate.

Reggie gained fame in Machado Lake, a lagoon in a City of L.A. park in Harbor City, when someone dumped him there in 2005. Alligator sightings in the pond were at first treated as dubious in nature, until pictures of the reptile were snapped.

In 2007, Reggie eluded a professional gator wrangler from Cajun Country. A team of professional gator handlers from Australia was called in to meet with L.A. parks officials and map out a plan of attack. While the plan was being devised, two parks workers spotted Reggie sunning himself and jumped him.

The alligator weighed about 140 pounds and was subdued, relocated, and put on exhibit in a temporary pen at the zoo in Griffith Park.

City Council member Tom LaBonge now represents Reggie and Kate, and Janice Hahn was his councilwoman in Harbor City. Both are expected to attend the morning unveiling.

Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, the authors of the "Reggie Alligator" song, will perform.

Copyright CNS - City News Service
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