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Thursday, Feb 26, 2009  |  Updated 9:30 AM PDT
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Rare Alligator Goes on Medical Leave

Hurt Pinky Toe Sidelines Rare SF Gator

They're worse than kids!

An albino alligator from San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences, is on medical leave, after being bitten by another alligator.

Claude the Alligator was removed from the museum's swamp exhibit in early January after staff noticed some swelling in one of his feet.

Workers later discovered that Bonnie, the swamp exhibit's other alligator, had bitten his pinky toe.

The toe became infected and Claude was removed from the exhibit to get medical treatment.

Biologists expect Claude to be on medical  leave until mid-March.
  
Albino alligators lack the pigment melanin in their bodies and  rarely survive to adulthood in the wild, according to the academy.
 

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