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Tulsa Zoo mourns loss of Alli the American Alligator

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 17:37:34-04

The Tulsa Zoo is mourning the loss of Alli the American Alligator. She was 27.

In a news release, Zoo officials say Alli passed away last week from "a severe reproductive infection."

"Zookeepers cared for and respected Alli, who they fondly remember as a feisty animal," officials said in a statement. "She commanded attention from her caretakers, and even from nature. During spring storms, she would bellow back at the thunder. Alli proved to be a quick learner, readily picking up new behaviors and adjusting to changes in routine. She was always the first to shift into the winter holding, and always the first to come out."

Alli arrived at the zoo on June 30, 2009, and a week before her passing, officials say, Alli showed no indication she was ill.

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