A Moment with Frank

Hey guys, Frank here.  I’m going to be taking over the blog today, hope you guys don’t mind.  The life of a Disney TV star isn’t as easy as it’s all cracked up to be.  My life started here at Prehistoric Pets and the staff and loyal customers have become my family.  Stomping my 7ft long body around the store has gotten me quite a reputation too.  Whether the store is slow or busy, I can hear people asking for “that big lizard that walks around the shop” or “Mr.Kipling” which is my newly acquired stage name.  Can’t say I don’t like all the attention ;D! 

When I’m not making appearances around the shop, I’m hanging out with all my fellow reptile friends and family.  I make sure to take a couple rounds through the lower half of the shop to say hello to everyone and have them pass along “hellos” to the upper half I’m not as fortunate to reach. =P  Maybe you have met some of my good friends like Twinkie, Thelma and Louise, Darth Gator and George? 

This is my favorite picture of Twinkie, George and I

Live too far to have met me in person?  Well then I’m sure you watch me on the set of Disney’s new hit show “Jesse” or the Webisodes on Prehistoric Pets YouTube channel.  My Prehistoric Pets family makes sure I am made available for all to enjoy what a sweet and social monitor I am.  Speaking of Prehistoric Pets, they are reason you and your loved ones are able to enjoy my company.  The staff took time and effort to hands on train, tame and love me making me one of the most social water monitors around!  Yeah….I’m bragging… what about it? =P Just kidding!   

What’s your favorite time of the day? Morning, noon or night time? Mine’s LUNCH time lol!  Boy do I love it when someone feeds me my favorite Chicken, or when a certain someone walks by with a tasty rat treat for me! Hee hee heeee!  Well…. That and my aerobics time.  When someone scoops me up and slides me into the pond out front, Oooh I feel cool!  I use my strong tail to propel me around the pond and sometimes my friends the red eared sliders will take refuge on my back and hang ten, or twenty as I cruise about. 

All Aboard the Frank train!  Toot Toot!

For those of you who are fans of the show “Jesse” maybe you’ve seen me picked up and carted off my Jules Sylvester, host of specials on The Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel.  He takes me down to the studio and set where I shoot my spots in the show.  I can be out of the shop anywhere from a day to a week depending on what the studio needs me for.  But nothing beats the fun I have at the shop with all my family and friends!  Every time I leave I miss my pond, my rock and most of all the staff.  All in all I live a pretty good life down here in Fountain Valley, CA and I’m grateful.  Don’t be shy, stop by The Reptile Zoo and say Hi, or you can come Like my Fanpage on Facebook and talk to me every day!

Jules Sylvester and Sivash M stop by for a quick photo with me beforew Jules and I head out to the studio.

My new friends and I on the set of the Disney hit show, "Jesse"

Toodles!

^O^……….Frank ;D

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The Force Is Strong With This One.

Ummm, this one who?  Tobias of course, the lucky winner of our Gator Naming Contest and free admission to the Reptile Zoo!  We introduced our 5ft male Alligator and created a contest to find the most worthy name.  For 4 months straight we collected massive quantities of name entries from kids and parents who came to visit the Zoo.  All in all we collected several hundreds of applications and had quite a tough decision ahead of us.  Alas, there could only be one.  However, the wait would prove worthy once we finalized the winning choice and announced a winner!  The force was strong with young Tobias as he was the lucky winner of our prestigious prize, naming our gator “Darth Gator”.

Tobias, whose name is proudly accompanying Darth Gator’s name tag, visited the Zoo with his whole family who enjoyed The Reptile Zoo for a couple hours taking pictures of their favorite exhibits.  Like most of us, Tobias was a bit uneasy about the gator when Garrett first took him out, but warmed up to it after his dad showed him how it was done. ;D 

Darth Gator urges you to Join The Dark Side!  Mmuuaahhahahaha!

As expected, many Star Wars jokes flew back and forth in regards to the Gator and Tobias; can you blame us, it’s just too epic!  All together it was a fun visit for fans of The Reptile Zoo and winners out of over 400 submissions and online votes!  Congratulation to Tobias and his family, you will forever be a part of The Reptile Zoo history and known as the lucky boy who named our first male Alligator! 

Follow Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo on all our fan sites including Facebook, Twitter, The Reptile Zoo Blog and even Foursquare for more contests, news and updates!  Don’t forget to visit the Zoo and say Hello to Darth Gator and all his friends Frank, Twinkie, Thelma and Louise and Beelzebub.

Ciao!

^O^………..Priscilla

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WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

EXTRA EXTRA! Read all about it! … We have a WINNER for the Gator naming contest!  That’s right, after months of reviewing fantastic, funny and unique name options for our Gator we have finally chosen THE ONE TO RULE THEM ALL. (;P) 

Starting just a little over 4 months ago, we created a contest where all our Reptile Zoo visitors were able to submit their ideas to NAME THAT GATOR!  We received HUNDREDS of submissions and within those submissions, we had QUITE a bit of tough pickin’s.  After sorting thru all the quirky cool names we narrowed it down to just 5 top choices.  It was a tough decision but once they were chosen, we posted the options on our Facebook page and awaited the hundreds of votes on which name would be picked top Gator.

It didn’t take long for all of you to vote and make the ultimate choice.  Now it’s time to NAME THAT GATOR and the WINNER!!  Excited?!  I AM!!  First of all, here are the runners up:

In 2nd place we have “Mater” submitted by Matthew B.  We had a TIE for 3rd place with the names “Clyde” from Emilie H. and “Gunther” from Lori W.  Another option from our top 5 choices ends with “Barnabee Jr.” submitted by Alexandra L.  So what name won?  DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!  Barrrrrrrr-ump dump chsh!cshsh!cshsh!cshsh!  The winner iiisss…. “DARTH GATOR” submitted by Rosy D.!!!!!  Congratulations Rosy on winning your ONE YEAR Passport to The Reptile Zoo and Naming That Gator!  You will forever be a part of Darth Gator and Reptile Zoo history!  Come in and claim your prize TODAY!

As for the other runners up, we are offering you a One Day pass to The Reptile Zoo, so don’t forget to stop by and claim your prize as well.  Thank you for ALL of your awesome suggestions, it was a tough call!  NOW everyone can come and request by name, our 5ft Darth Gator! ;D   Don’t worry if your name wasn’t selected, we constantly have new animals added to the family, so follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our home sites for updates, deals, hot news and MORE contests to come!

^O^…………Priscilla

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