MANTEO — The North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island has added four new juvenile alligators for public viewing in the aquarium’s Seven Rivers gallery, one of four new galleries included in a major renovation this year.
The four alligators, Ham, Cheese, Turkey and Gravy, are all about two years old. They were seized from a private residence where they were being fed what they were named after, which is an unhealthy diet for growing alligators. At the aquarium, they enjoy fish, crayfish, crickets and other healthy options.
At the time of their arrival, the aquarium was under renovation. The alligators lived behind the scenes for a year while the gallery was being completed.
The alligators were introduced to the Seven Rivers gallery earlier this month. Aquarium officials said the alligators have taken to their new home nicely.
The alligators join the aquarium’s two adult alligators, Harlow and Bleu, and two other juveniles, Bo and Al.