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As the Guthrie family agreed upon, once their pet turtle named Tomalina, a red-eared slider, grew too large for its aquarium, they would donate it to a nearby zoo. The family decided to give Tomalina to the Gulfarium in Okaloosa Island, Florida. Imagine the family’s horror when Tomalina was introduced to her new environment – where two other red-eared sliders were already living – when suddenly, an alligator sharing the same manufactured habitat- promptly ate poor Tomalina. Via Sun Sentinel blog, FloriDUH:

Brenda Guthrie and her 8-year-old son, Colton, witnessed Tomalina’s death as the red-eared slider disappeared into the alligator’s jaws. When the two looked away from the sight, she said they could hear the crunching of the turtle’s shell, reports the Daily News.

“He was jumping up and down screaming,” Guthrie told the Daily News of her son’s reaction. “He was shouting, ‘Oh no, alligator, let it go!’ ”

Oh man. Poor Colton. Even more so, poor, poor Tomalina. That poor bastard probably didn’t even know what hit him (or her). Employees of Gulfarium were not surprisingly shocked and dismayed by the unfortunate series of events:

Gulfarium officials said that the alligator, Gracie, had just been hand-fed and that the gators normally don’t express interest in the turtles.

“It’s horrible for a little kid to have to see that,” General Manager Don Abrams told the Daily News. “That’s not unusual to put sliders in the same exhibit. [The alligators] have never eaten a turtle in the exhibit before.”

Well, to be fair to Gracie, the damn turtle had slider right in its name, and who among us would pass up anything that shares a nickname for a White Castle? Be they alligator, human, or otherwise. It’s the steamed onions, I tell ya.

Gulfarium gator eats boy’s turtle: “Oh no, alligator, let it go!” [FloriDUH]