Tina the Alligator says goodbye to Pasadena

Tina the Alligator says goodbye to Pasadena

Long-time Pasadena Humane Society resident Tina the Alligator will move to the Los Angeles Zoo after 18 years of delighting Crown City animal lovers.

“She’s older now and her needs are different,” Humane Society spokeswoman Ricky Whitman told the Pasadena Star-News. “It’s bittersweet seeing her go.”

Tina will join Reggie, the infamous alligator who was captured in 2007 at Kenneth Malloy Memorial Park in Harbor City. Both alligators were raised in captivity, but only time will tell if the two reptiles can get along.

Named after Tina Turner, the alligator first came to Pasadena in 1998. Part of a traveling wildlife exhibit, Tina and several other animals were left hanging when the owners failed to get proper permits. The Human Society took them in and found homes for all the other animals, but finding a right fit for Tina proved difficult.

Eventually, a special enclosure was built for Tina at the Humane Society, where she has lived for almost two decades.

“Tina has always been a mainstay around here,” said Human Society spokeswoman Jamie Holeman told Pasadena Now. “People always ask about her and she is a local celebrity.”

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