Allie Gator's Snack

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Austin, United States

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This is a re-posting of a sketch I had previously taken down. I took it down because from what I overheard, someone thought I was pointing a finger at some criminal suspect. They were talking about bringing that person to trial!!! THIS IS NOT ABOUT A PERSON! I DO NOT KNOW ABOUT A CRIME OR WHO COMMITTED ONE! THIS IS A SIMPLE SKETCH OF A GATOR FROM A PHOTO I SAW!!! GOT IT??? I don’t know who committed whatever crime, nor have I committed one myself.

Because of the incredible ugliness displayed toward me in this city over the last 24 hours, I’m reposting the sketch. And the Gator info:

Alligators inhabit the far southern marshes of Louisiana. They are fascinating creatures, and as a kid growing up, I loved seeing them. Any drive south to the beach always yielded some gator sightings. As kids on such a drive, we would sit at the windows looking for Gators, and call out when we saw one so everyone could see it.

We all had the sense to treat Gators with respect, and no one ever was hurt by them. They have kept to their place and taken game from the swamps, such as possums, nutria, and sometimes dogs, as well as fish, and they help keep various species from overpopulating an area. People are warned not to bring their little pooches out to see the Gators, because Gators are very fast over a short distance and cannot be outrun. You would have to be further away…. I would also not bring my dog around a grizzly or any other such predator of the wild. Those are just facts of nature. I find the stories of diverse creatures interesting.

So when I wanted to experiment with creating a sketch character, the Gator was my first thought. I scanned photos of Gators, but the best one was of a Gator catching wild game. I thought I’d see if I could capture the essence of that photo. I liked the outcome.

I will always find Gators interesting. We always lived at peace with them. Other than your false assumptions, I had no reason to take this sketch down, and now that I’ve cleared up the matter, I am reposting it.

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