Rare 161-pound albino gator gets health checkup

CHARLESTON, S.C. (CNN/SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM) — Alabaster, a rare albino alligator at the South Carolina Aquarium,got a clean bill of health from the staff veterinarian.

It took a careful coordinated effort from a team of about a dozen staff members on Wednesday.

They assisted the aquarium veterinarian and herpetologist in completing the physical exam and drawing blood.

The process began with the crew draining water from the exhibit and moving fish. Then, they lifted the gator into a waiting crate and scale.

Alabaster, who has been with the Aquarium since 2010 and is 8 feet 2 inches long, weighed in at 161 pounds. That was deemed perfect for his age.

Albino alligators are extremely rare. Experts believe there are only about 50 of them in the world.

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