Joie Henney is from Pennsylvania had been involved with gator rescues in PA prior to getting Wally.
When Wally arrived at Henney's home, the gator was about 14 months old, measured only about one-and-a-half feet long and was apparently scared of everything — just like a dog or cat would be in a new environment.
Henney, who grew up on a hog farm, told the local newspaper that he had to use tongs to feed Wally at first, to avoid the possibility of losing a finger or an even larger body part, although he maintains that Wally has never bitten him or anyone else.
He says it took about a month to domesticate Wally.
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