Alligator Eats Boy's Pet Turtle at Gulfarium in Ft. Walton Beach

By: AP
By: AP

Fort Walton Beach, Florida (AP) --

A horrified 8-year-old boy watched as an alligator ate his pet turtle at a Panhandle aquarium.

Colton Guthrie had donated his pet red-eared slider, Tomalina,
to the Gulfarium in Fort Walton Beach when she outgrew her home
aquarium. Colton's mother said on Tuesday, Oct. 12, that the family watched as Tomalina was placed in an exhibit with other red-eared sliders and an alligator.

Although the alligator had long ignored the other turtles,
Brenda Guthrie said the gator ate Tomalina as Colton shouted, "Oh
no, alligator, let it go."

The Gulfarium apologized to the Guthries' and gave them a
special meet-and-greet with the dolphins after the Thursday

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  • by Scott Location: Quincy on Oct 18, 2010 at 07:17 AM
    Hey maybe they shoulda built a turtle tunnel out of the cage! No that would have cost too much.
  • by jw on Oct 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM
    wally g your sick just plain sick
  • by Wally G Location: FtWalton on Oct 14, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    That gator will eat anything, now me I prefer youngun's and small dogs. Grab'em when they get close to the bank...Gotta go, here comes them Rednecks...
  • by jw on Oct 14, 2010 at 06:53 AM
    Shinet you are a jewel. I would love to be one of your grandkids. Please keep up your good work. mjm thank you. REST go to you know where. I HOpe you DON'T Have kids or grandkids. Alfull
  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2010 at 07:26 PM
    Here comes the lawsuit
  • by Shinet Location: Live Oak on Oct 13, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    My granddaughter has a turtle just like this one in the picture. When it out grows the tank we will put in a small pond brought from Walmart about the size of a bath tub. Sink it in the ground and fence with chicken wire and decorate. Will still be there for the great grand kids. I feel so bad for this little boy. These turtles need a dry place as well as water to swim in. It didn't have to be a huge area just a loving one.
  • by alli-gator on Oct 13, 2010 at 01:03 PM
  • by Common Sense Location: Tally on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    This is why people should do a little research before they go out and purchase an animal like a turtle.
  • by MJM Location: Craw/Tally on Oct 13, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    So sad 8 (
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