When you think of emotional support animals, cold-blooded alligators are probably not the first thing you think of.
But Wally, a 3-year-old, 4.5-foot-long reptile, gets his job doing just that, and earlier this week, he took time out of his busy schedule to visit a senior facility in Pennsylvania and offer a little comfort
Its owner, Joie Henney, took Wally to SpiriTrust Lutheran Village in York, Pennsylvania, on Monday, FOX 13 reported.
Some residents hesitated to approach Wally, but Henney encouraged them to meet the friendly reptile.
"I'm not scared of snakes, but that thing has a lot of teeth," a resident told the York Daily Record.
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Henney told the resident that Wally likes to have his head rubbed.
"It's like a dog," Henney said. "He wants to be loved and caressed."
The residents asked many questions like what Wally does for most of his day.
"He'll be there all day," Henney said of Wally. "That's what he does, he's pretty lazy."
Wally was rescued from Florida after a congregation of crocodiles was destroyed to build a development on earth. Henney and his friend offered to help rescue the gators.
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Wally went to live with Henney at his residence in Strinestown, Pennsylvania, in September 2015, when the reptile was 14 months old. The owner said that Wally was "scared of everything", but he began to adapt after a while.
"It was like a puppy," Henney told the York Daily Record. "He would follow us around the house."
Henney said that Wally likes watching television and that his favorite movie is "The Lion King." The alligator lives in a 300 gallon pond with his partner Gator Scrappy, who is 2 years old.
The owner said that Wally "has never bitten him" and that he is a quiet alligator.
"Wally has never bitten me and he has never tried to bite anyone, he's quite relaxed," he said.
Henney is aware that alligators are not a cup of tea for everyone.
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"They are not for everyone," he said. "But what can I say? I'm not normal."