Only in America does a man attempt to bring his emotional support alligator into a baseball stadium.
Joie Henney and his emotional support animal, WallyGator, were stopped at the entrance of Citizens Bank Park Wednesday because the gator did not comply with the stadium’s policy on support animals.
Wally couldn’t even use his fame on social media to get past the gates.
Henney and Wally have a relationship that is not unlike that of a human and their emotional support animal.
The Pennsylvania man, a reptile rescuer, took in Wally from Florida when the gator was just 14 months old and immediately discovered the reptile brought him a sense of peace.
“Wally has been quite different than any alligator I’ve ever dealt with in the past 30 years,” he previously told CNN. “He doesn’t show anger. He doesn’t show aggression. He hasn’t since the day he was caught. We never could understand why.”
Wally’s relaxed attitude led Henney to register the gator as his emotional support animal.
“My doctor wanted to put me on depression medicine, and I hate taking medicine. I had Wally, and when I came home and was around him, it was all OK,” Henney explained to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “My doctor knew about Wally and figured it works, so why not?”
In addition to providing his owner support as he battles depression and cancer, Wally also visits hospitals, schools, and police stations. Plus, he’s very active on social media showing that maybe alligators aren’t that scary after all…
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The only real surprising thing about this story is that it didn’t take place in Florida.