One needn’t look any further for proof that dog is indeed man’s best friend than the seeing-eye dogs that provide support to the visually-impaired, and in recent years, other species have been getting in on this service animal business too.
We’re talking monkeys, ferrets and even miniature horses that provide support to their owners, even if it’s just emotional support as opposed to actual navigation.
Which brings me to the bizarre case of Joie Henney, a Pennsylvania man who says he needs the emotional support of his service animal to help him deal with depression.
The thing is, Joie’s service animal is an alligator...
A New York Post story tells the tale that I’m pretty sure will be made into a movie one day. Joie really loves hugging his emotional support gator, and what’s more, he frequently takes Wally out for meet-and-greets to senior centres and baseball games.
The photos accompanying the story make for a Kodak Moment, but why do I get the idea that this is less about the bonding of man and reptile, and more about little Wally sizing Joie up for a future date when he’s not so little any more?
I’m no reptile expert, but I’ve got a queasy feeling there will be a follow-up story in the not too distant future that will end exactly the way you expected.