"Sam? What a stupid name for an alligator," said Eddie, leaning over the railing of the Morgan County Zoo Everglades exhibit. "I bet you're not even real. You're probably just a stupid plastic fake. I bet if I poked you with this stick, you wouldn't even open your eyes. I bet if I kicked you with my tennis shoe, you wouldn't even open your mouth. I bet if I -"
"Gulp!" said Sam, then eased himself into the cool dark pond to digest his late afternoon meal in happy silence.