In an unusual turn of events, a Philadelphia Phillies fan and his unique emotional support companion, an alligator by the name of WallyGator, faced disappointment when they were refused entry to the game where the Phillies were set to host the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This peculiar incident gained significant attention on social media as images circulated of WallyGator, sporting a leash and a harness adorned with his name, patiently awaiting entrance outside the stadium last Wednesday.
To the astonishment of many, a Phillies supporter attempted to bring what they claimed was a “service animal” into the game, and that “service animal” happened to be an alligator – a sight quite unfamiliar to most. It turns out that WallyGator is a certified emotional support alligator, lovingly cared for by Joie Henney, a resident of Jonestown, Pennsylvania. Notably, this remarkable reptile has cultivated quite a following on Instagram and TikTok.
It’s worth noting that Citizens Bank Park maintains a clear policy regarding support animals, which is accessible on the official Phillies’ website. According to this policy, “Guide dogs, service animals, or service animals in training are welcome, while all other animals are strictly prohibited.”
In a previous interview with CBS News, Henney elaborated on the unique bond he shares with Wally. The emotional support alligator’s story is equally intriguing. Wally was originally discovered in a pond within Disney World. Due to the legal restrictions in Florida that prevent the relocation of alligators to different natural habitats, Henney felt compelled to provide Wally with a home and care.
This extraordinary tale of an emotional support alligator and his dedicated owner continues to captivate the hearts of many, even if it didn’t grant them access to the Phillies-Pirates game that day.