A Phillies fan and his pet alligator were denied access into Wednesday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park.
Yes, you read that right.
The local Philadelphia fan attempted to get into the game as the alligator was deemed his “service animal.” Fox 29’s Howard Eskin posted a picture of the alligator on X, formerly known as Twitter, showing the animal with a harness and leash on and captioning the photo “Things I’ve never seen.”
The photo quickly went viral, with the social media reaction being split. Some people saw a major issue with bringing an alligator, whether it’s well-behaved or not, into a stadium with thousands of people. On the other hand, some people thought the alligator would be totally fine.
The owner was mater identified to be Joie Henney with his pet alligator Wally, the duo of which was profiled by CBS Evening News last October. Henney calls Wally his “emotional support alligator.”
Here’s some of the best social media reactions on Wednesday night.
These Philly jawns wild https://t.co/ONhfPli1Hs— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 27, 2023
What's the worst that could happen? https://t.co/UGM2NIUMav— Mitch Goldich 🐙 (@mitchgoldich) September 27, 2023
let them in https://t.co/V7xUZq8GnI— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) September 27, 2023
Greatest city in the world https://t.co/VOjqsJVvE8— Jawn Gonzalez (@JohnGonzalez) September 27, 2023
I see nothing wrong with this.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) September 27, 2023
Also now want an alligator.
I would name him Frank. https://t.co/vSQkPKvfLT
nothing to see here, just me showing up to work today https://t.co/zojNAMAVTc— Missy Perez (@missyperez) September 27, 2023
I am not a lawyer but I would like to represent this man in a lawsuit against the Phillies https://t.co/Ozqf7tsX6s— SportsRoc (@SportsRoc2) September 27, 2023
This is my emotional support alligator Howard show some respect https://t.co/6vYQWeTIEF— Rohan Singh (@haan_singh91) September 27, 2023
That's a emotionally SCARY animal..... https://t.co/MaHqlDB2Ne— Regina Ham (@regina_ham) September 27, 2023
how can you not be romantic about baseball https://t.co/Dhsmd0WJhr— Bree (@T0R0NT0MUG) September 27, 2023