Whether it's manually relieving constipation or dressing up like a panda bear, some zookeepers will do whatever it takes to provide the best care for their animal friends. At The Week, Lauren Hansen tells six stories of these caregivers, including zookeepers who had to remove eggs from a mother alligator:
Alligators are notoriously unsympathetic creatures, and while the reptiles care for their own offspring, they often can't protect them from lurking neighbors that would gladly feast on the young. This dire reality just means more work for the zookeepers at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, who often have to intervene to save alligator eggs and hatchlings. In a recent intervention, five zookeepers piled on a female alligator to restrain her, while another official collected fifteen eggs that were taken away to be incubated in a safe environment.