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Man says emotional support alligator helps his depression

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Joie Henney holds up Wally, a 4-foot-long emotional support alligator, at the SpiriTrust Lutheran Village in York, Pa. Henney says he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his emotional support animal after not wanting to go on medication for depression. (Ty Lohr/York Daily Record via AP)

YORK HAVEN — A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression.

Sixty-five-year-old Joie Henney, of York Haven, says his registered emotional support animal named Wally likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator. Philly.com reports Henney says he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his emotional support animal after not wanting to go on medication for depression.

Wally was rescued from outside Orlando when the gator was just 14 months old. Henney says Wally eats chicken wings and shares an indoor plastic pond with a smaller rescue alligator named Scrappy.

Henney says Wally is still a dangerous wild animal, and could probably tear his arm off, but he’s never been afraid of him.