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Only 4 days left to see “Mighty Mike”

From: http://www.johnballzoosociety.org/

(Grand Rapids, MI) Starting August 31, visitors have only 4 days to get their last glimpses of the record breaking, 13-foot, 600-pound,  alligator that has called John Ball Zoo home for the past 17 weeks.  MIGHTY MIKE and his five smaller ‘gator pals will be retrieved by their owner the day after Labor Day to return to their winter home in Florida. 

It’s been a good run for Mike.  Over 350,0000 guests got a look at the giant-in-the-pond.   Some got to see him gobble up a raw chicken and a few got to see him hoist his massive body onto the shore.  He was on TV, in countless Flckr photos and in the newspaper.  Mike was the first animal visitors saw when they entered the zoo and the last animal as they left. 

Mighty Mike’s exhibit was new to the Zoo in 2010.  The flamingos were moved to a new spot in the South American area and the pond was renovated to house Mike on one side and the smaller alligators in an adjacent pond as a comparison of size and activity.

Visitors coming to see Mighty Mike anytime during his last week can sign his going away card! 

John Ball Zoo is located at 1300 W. Fulton, one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids.  Hours thru September 12, 2010 will be 9:00am to 6:00pm – admission $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for kids 3-13.   On September 13, winter hours  (10:00am – 4:00pm) will begin and prices will be dropped to $3.50 and $3.00 for kids 3-13.