Posts Tagged ‘alligator’

Claude’s Sweet 16 at NightLife: Birthday Party for Albino Alligator at the Cal Academy a Huge Success

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Get up to speed on Claude right here

I showed up late at last night’s NightLife so I wasn’t able to squeeze in at the Swamp – here’s the best shot I have of the crowd while it sang “Happy Birthday” to San Francisco’s favorite reptile:

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Adults only at this weekly Night at the Museum get-together:

See you there next week!

Know Your 100-Pound Snapping Turtles of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, it's a common snapping turtle. See comments.]

This big critter looks to made of 100% muscle.

Take care you don’t run into it in Golden Gate Park on a dread sunny day:

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(Just guessing here, alligator snapping turtle Macrochelys temminckii?)

Snap snap!

The Expectant Albino Alligators of Our California Academy of Sciences – Claude Knows Where His Next Meal Is

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Alligators have cat-like eyes? Did not know that. No sir, did not know that.

Claude waiting for ever more fish parts from above – as seen at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park:

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All the deets

 

Bon Anniversaire, Claude! California Academy of Sciences Offers Fish Cupcakes to Special Albino Alligator

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Claude the alibino alligator‘s 15th birthday party at the California Academy of Sciences went off this morning without a hitch.

KTVU TV has the best video of the affair, AFAICS (and there’s no pesky commercial so that’s a bonus).

The observation galleries were filled with sciencey-types:

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Claude knew something was going on – he was looking upwards like a pup about to get a special treat:

A couple of human birthday boys brought over the special cupcakes as Director of Communications Stephanie Stone emcee’d the affair:

Then the chief gator wrangler went over the wall and down the ladder - once more into the breach, dear friends:

She quickly tamed the hungry beast and kept it under control until…

…the special gatorcakes came down:

Then it was a frenzy:

Chewing, sort of:

 He got most of the cupcakes into his mouth…

…but not all. Here, some green “frosting” ends up landing on his snout:

Afterwards, there were plenty of regular cupcakes to go around for those born on 9-15:

 

Joyeux anniversaire! Bonne fête!

See you next year.

Claude the Alligator Turns 15 Years Old Tomorrow – Visit the California Academy of Sciences to Celebrate

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Read all about it at the Richmond District Blog and SFistClaude‘s birthday is tomorrow morning over at the California Academy of Sciences.

Tail study, port side:

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See you there!

Claude, the Academy’s albino alligator, will celebrate his “golden birthday” in September– that is, he’s turning 15 on the 15th day of the month. Visit between Sept. 8-15 and help us celebrate with gator-themed craft activities in the Naturalist Center (located on Level 3, near the planetarium exit). Make an alligator-inspired birthday hat, or color in a birthday cake for Claude. After all, just because his “birthday suit” is all white, that doesn’t mean his cake has to be!

Then, on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 9:30am, gather around the Swamp for a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday,” and watch as aquarium staff present the reptilian star with cupcakes made of gator chow, and decorated with tasty fruit and flowers. Do you share a birthday with Claude (9/15/1995)? Let us know, and tell us what your favorite b-day treat is (probably not gator chow!).”

Claude the Albino Alligator in Fine Form Two Months After Amputation

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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.