Since last November, when the announcement came that Dante's Down the Hatch was closing, we've been wondering what would happen to the crocodile that's made its home in the iconic fondue restaurant. Now, there's an answer: Jerry, the crocodile who's lived in the Buckhead landmark for the last twelve years, has been removed from the restaurant and has a new home at a sanctuary in St. Augustine, Florida. A wrangler went in to catch the crocodile, then "roped and boxed" him up for the journey down South.
Channel 2 Action News reports that owner Dante Stephenson tried to give Jerry to Zoo Atlanta, but the zoo has closed its reptile house. The crocodile, a seven-foot male, is said to be healthy— though a bit pale from spending the last dozen years indoors without sun— and "should live a long life in his new home in Florida." The restaurant closed in July and was demolished this week, prompting the croc's removal. Below, a video featuring the wrangler and Jerry.
· Crews Wrangle Dante's Seven-Foot Crocodile [WSBTV via Stacey Mueller]
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