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Alligators Love Hardwood Floors

Posted on August 6, 2023

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John Boyko’s Unique Alligator Haven in Pennsylvania

In the quaint landscapes of the United Kingdom, it might appear almost whimsical to think someone might harbor a desire, or possess the means, to shelter an alligator within the familiar confines of their dwelling. Yet, for those wandering souls captivated by such peculiar companionship, their compass might naturally point towards John Boyko of America. The winds of notoriety blew fiercely around Boyko after The New York Times unfurled the tale of eleven alligators being plucked from his Connecticut abode. The tides of fate, however, returned these curious companions to him, casting him into a spotlight on a BBC documentary, “Americans and their Pets.” Pennsylvania, with its vast expanse, remains an enigma, lacking a defined parchment of laws concerning alligator guardianship. It was here that Boyko found solace, nesting his scaled companions in a grander home in Prince Township. Distanced, yet bonded by affection, Boyko has dedicated this residence entirely to them, shaping every nook and corner to resonate with their essence. A recent whisper from The Pocono Record paints a vivid picture: where once fabric tendrils of carpet lay, now stands the raw honesty of hardwood; and in the place of a traditional sofa, vast plastic lagoons await to cradle the alligators. And as one ponders upon the marriage of hardwood and alligators, it might indeed be a fanciful, yet precarious, idea to summon a hardwood sanding ensemble – especially in the presence of these ancient, watchful creatures.

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