An alligator that attracted the stares of tourists for decades will soon be seen again.
The skeleton of Oscar is being assembled. It will be put on display like a museum dinosaur.
Oscar was the most famous resident of Okefenokee Swamp Park. He roamed the swamp from the time the park opened in 1946 until his death a year ago.
The 4.3-meter, 450-kilogram beast was a tough gator. He survived a shotgun blast to the face and at least three bullet wounds. Some scientists think he was 95 to 100 years old when he died.
The display also will include what park officials found in Oscar’s belly, including a plastic dog collar, a dog’s tag, a penny and the top section of a flagpole.
“Some people think he’s a statue,” a tour guide, Danny Rowe, said of Oscar in 1996. “I tell people he’s real, but I don’t get paid enough to show them he’s real.”
The Okefenokee is a wildlife refuge in southeastern Georgia that attracts 350,000 to 400,000 visitors a year.
(STAFF WRITER, WITH AP)
1. skeleton n.
骨骸 (gu3 hai2)
例: Have you ever seen a dinosaur skeleton?
2. roam v.t./v.i.
閒逛 (xian2 guang4)
例: After leaving his job, Mason decided to roam around India.
3. shotgun n.
霰彈槍 (xian4 dan4 qiang1)
例: My grandpa has four shotguns.
4. statue n.
雕像 (diao1 xiang4)
例: The statue was placed in the courtyard.