Claude the Albino Alligator in Fine Form Two Months After Amputation

This is the scene at the back entrance to the California Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park during the early hours of a recent nightLife night - it’s famous Claude the Albino Alligator chilling in his crib, the Swamp. Unseen is Bonnie the banal, non-albino gator who cut him with a quickness earlier this year.

But Claude’s back in action these days, better than ever. Take a visit to check it out – you can actually see the dino damage suffered by this crafty crocodilian from the railing high above. Let’s have a look-see:

The mise-en-scene. See how big he is? Click to expand:

Now it’s time for the close-ups. Here’s Claude from last year – you can see five digits, right?

via Mila Zinkova

And here’s Claude these days. It’s underwater, but you can see just a nub where his starboard pinkie foretoe used to be. (The rumor that Bonnie is in fact innocent and that San Francisco Chronicle Editor-at-Large Phil Bronstein got in his old wetsuit and attacked Claude’s right foot yelling lagarto vendetta!” all the while is simply that – just a rumor with no proof whatsoever.)

It always appears as if he’s looking up at the visitors to the Cal Academy – is he wishing for someone to fall in?

Can you see the fish in the photo above – it got snapped up a few seconds later. Chomp chomp.

Good for you, Claude. Get those fish, get ‘em all.

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3 Responses to “Claude the Albino Alligator in Fine Form Two Months After Amputation”

  1. Seven says:

    Bonnie is in the process of being shipped back to the facility she came from in Florida.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Did not know that. Muchas

    Vaya con Dios, Bonnie

  3. We must all keep an eye on Claude, that illustrious San Franciscan.

    And thanks for the shout-out to his starboard pinkie foretoe.