Wally the Alligator died at the Forest Park Zoo

The alligator’s former owner was upset when he was taken away

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Forest Park Zoo announced on Friday that Wally, an American Alligator who went undetected for about 26 years in West Springfield, had died.

The Zoo stated that, “Wally required rehabilitation from years without veterinary care and a diet specific to his needs.” Wally was apparently greeted in the morning by Zoo staff with a meal of raw tuna.

As 22News reported last year, the 6 foot long reptile was moved to the Zoo in Springfield after police discovered he was living at a house on Main Street in West Springfield illegally. A man was keeping Wally as a pet.

Wally’s former owner was upset when he was taken away, and had expressed interest in getting him back, but police said that wouldn’t have been possible because it is illegal to keep an exotic animal, like an alligator, as a pet.

The Zoo also stated that Wally’s roommate, Thelma, was going to “miss basking in the sun with him on warm days.”