The Most Unusual Support Animal Yet


A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression. Joie Henney, 65, said his registered emotional support animal named Wally likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator. The 65-year-old said he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his emotional support animal after not wanting to go on medication for depression. “I had Wally, and when I came home and was around him, it was all okay,” said Henney. “My doctor knew about Wally and figured it works, so why not?” Wally was rescued from outside Orlando, Florida, at 14 months old and is still growing. Henney said the alligator could grow to be 14-16 feet long and weigh 900-1100 pounds. Wally, who turned 5 in July has never bitten anyone and is even afraid of cats. Henney acknowledged that Wally is still a dangerous wild animal and could probably tear his arm off, but says he’s never been afraid of him. “He’s just like a dog,. He wants to be loved and petted.”