Alligator allowed to greet restaurant patrons

Wally the alligator hangs out in its area inside Cajun Gator in downtown Port Huron. (SUBMITTED...

Wally the alligator hangs out in its area inside Cajun Gator in downtown Port Huron. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

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, Last Updated: 4:44 PM ET

PORT HURON, Mich. — Wally the alligator will be allowed to greet patrons of the Cajun Gator restaurant in downtown Port Huron.

But not everyone is comfortable with the idea of a four-foot deadly reptile residing in a family restaurant.

At a vote this week to allow for an exception to a local exotic animal bylaw, which bans such creatures from the town’s commercial district, Coun. Anita Ashford was most vocal in her opposition.

“I’m not comfortable with it,” Ashford said. “My answer is no, no, no.”

But the exception passed with council nonetheless.

The restaurant owners assured councillors that Wally will be kept in a special-made glass enclosure, with a small habitat that includes heat lamps and a pool for swimming.

Restaurant owner Jeremy Stemen told CBS Detroit the eatery, to open this week, adopted the gator from a local family of four who could no longer handle the growing pet.

“He’s just swimming around, walking around, enjoying his whole plant area in there,” Stemen told the TV station.

- with files from Beth LeBlanc


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