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‘Jawlene,’ the Florida alligator missing upper jaw getting stronger: reports

Jolene, a Central Florida alligator who lost her upper jaw, is healing and getting stronger, according to Gatorland.

The wildlife sanctuary posted on Facebook that Jolene has been gaining weight and adjusting to her new home at Gatorland in Orlando, Florida.

Gatorland’s Savannah Boan said Jolene’s journey has been a “wild one” since her arrival in mid-September, but she is improving greatly.

“Jolene is an incredible testament to the strength and resilience of the great American alligator,” Boan said on Facebook. “Watch her learn how she adapted to life as a wild crocodile, be patient and show us how to best feed her so she doesn’t get frustrated and give up.” I started with that.

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Gatorland says Jolene, an alligator with a missing upper jaw, is improving day by day. (Savannah Boan, via Gatorland)

Boan added that Jolene has learned to trust Gatorland’s caretakers and is growing stronger each day.

Jolene, whose name comes from Dolly Parton’s song “Jolene,” has been in the news since she was rescued by Gatorland in September.

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Gatorland said Jolene’s health continues to improve. (Savannah Boan, via Gatorland)

Park officials have not determined the cause of her jaw injury, but Jolene has continued to improve day by day since being rescued.

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Jolene at Gatorland

Gatorland provides an update on Jolene, an alligator who has lost her upper jaw. (Savannah Boan, via Gatorland)

The sanctuary said it expects Jolene to be placed in a baby swamp by Christmas.

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