Stewart Parker is not afraid to hug pet alligator Nelson

Stuart Parker just loves hugging Nelson, the 10ft reptile he has raised since the creature’s birth 17 years ago. The wildlife park owner said: “Alligators have gentle natures and even let you rub them under the chin.” Brave Stuart, of Ballarat, Australia, has been fascinated by the beasts since one nipped him when he was a boy of six.