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His emotional support animal is an alligator. They sleep in the same bed.

By Cathy Free

29 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Some get by with a little help from their friends. Others get by with a little help from their emotional support alligator. Dive into this post-lunch read and discover the world of WallyGator.

Joseph Henney's emotional support animal WallyGator goes with him almost everywhere, from the grocery store to walks in the park. They hug each other and sleep in the same bed. WallyGator is an alligator.

"When he turns his nose toward you, that means he expects a kiss," said Henney, 69, who goes by Joie (pronounced "Joe") and lives in Jonestown, Pa., about two hours from Philadelphia. "He's super sweet-natured."

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