I went kayaking on Sunday and had a tough paddle up river. Tired out, I finally turned around and floated back downstream. Imagine my surprise when I turned a corner and found this very strange Alligator in the middle of the river. My first thought was "there are no alligators up here - is this guy lost?"
As I got closer I could see he was a friendly little fellow - and quite placid. He didn't react at all in fear...just stayed sunning himself with his head above the water.
I contacted the "Office of New and Strange Animals" who informed me that I had just seen the elusive wood-headed Massachusetts Alligator, a shy quiet vegetarian alligator. I was amazed to have seen this reptile; and will look for him again on this river. Rumor has it that they frequent the same spot over and over; only moving in times of high water...drought or big storms.