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LAST WEEKEND TO SEE WHITE ALLIGATOR

Bouree (Boo-Ray), a three-month attraction at Hogle Zoo, will soon be returning home to the Audubon Park and Zoological Garden in New Orleans.

This Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, marks the final weekend visitors will be able to view the white alligator.One of only 18 in captivity, the alligator was discovered by Cajun fishermen in 1987 on land owned by the Louisiana Land and Exploration Co. Four of the alligators were later donated to the Louisiana preserve for display.

The white skinned, blue-eyed alligator is a genetic mutation of the American alligator. Called leucism, the mutation is different from albinism because the alligator has pigmentation in his eyes. Albinos lack pigmentation and have white skin and pinkish eyes.

According to Cajun legend, anyone who gazes into the blue eyes of the white alligator will be blessed with good luck for the coming year.