‘Stallone’ was found in Virginia Beach 6 years ago. He’s now moving to South Carolina

Stallone the alligator leaves for Myrtle Beach next week (HNNDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the Virginia Living Museum)
Stallone leaves for Myrtle Beach next week (Southside Daily Photo/ Courtesy of the Virginia Living Museum)

The Virginia Living Museum is sending Stallone to Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach next week.

Not Rocky, Stallone the alligator.

The museum’s Cypress Swamp exhibit comfortably holds alligators up to 6 feet and as of June — Stallone weighs approximately 40 pounds and is 5.5 feet long, said Kortney Jaworski, the museum’s senior herpetology keeper.

Stallone was picked up in Virginia Beach by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries in May 2012 and herpetologists named him Stallone because of his crooked smile and misaligned jaw, Jaworski said.

Stallone leaves the Virginia Living Museum’s Cypress Swamp, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. on Nov. 13.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.