(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.