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One Rare Gator

From: Emily Berman
Length: 03:10

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The albino American Alligator is a rare find in the reptile world: fewer than 100 are known to exist in the world. Without camouflage, experts say these creatures wouldn't survive more than ten minutes in the wild. Emily Friedman visits one of these very special alligators, which is making a limited-time-only appearance at the National Aquarium in D.C.

Gator1_small The albino American Alligator is a rare find in the reptile world: fewer than 100 are known to exist in the world. Without camouflage, experts say these creatures wouldn't survive more than ten minutes in the wild. Emily Friedman visits one of these very special alligators, which is making a limited-time-only appearance at the National Aquarium in D.C.

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Aired on WAMU's Metro Connection

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A most unusual outsider has settled in for a stay in our Nation's Capitol.

It’s an albino American Alligator…one of less than one hundred known to exist in the whole world.

You can check it out right now at the National Aquarium’s stomping grounds off 14 street In the basement of the Commerce building.

Emily Friedman paid a visit to catch a glimpse of this outsider of the reptile world…

Ryan Dumas (Doo-mus) is the aquarium’s Herpetologist. He looks after the aquarium’s fish, turtles, eels, newts, and for the next 6 months – a 4 and a half foot long Albino American alligator.

EF: Will you explain what we're looking at here?

Dumas: It's spectacular, when you see it in person.. Just looking at the animal’s head, you can see all the dents and formations that are part of the animals skull. It's just a really neat looking animal!

She's a completely white animal with red eyes.

EF: Let...
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INTRO:

A most unusual outsider has settled in for a stay in our Nation's Capitol...

It’s an albino American Alligator…one of less than one hundred known to exist in the whole world.

You can check it out right now at the National Aquarium’s stomping grounds off 14 street In the basement of the Commerce building.

Emily Friedman paid a visit to catch a glimpse of this outsider of the reptile world…

OUTRO:

If you’re champing at the bit to see what an albino alligator looks like, head on over to our website ____________.

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www.nationalaquarium.org