- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Nine baby alligators have unexpectedly hatched at the Palm Beach Zoo.

The zoo says two alligators named Fred and Wilma have lived together for more than a decade, and Wilma has built a nest every year since 1999. But none of her eggs have ever hatched.

A groundskeeper at the zoo discovered a baby alligator in the couple’s habitat. Nine, in total, have hatched.

A zoo curator calls it “a pleasant surprise.”

The babies are remaining behind the scenes at the zoo, but guests are invited to visit the new parents.

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