A Maryland man says he can rebuild his auto parts store -- what matters most is that his 13-year-old alligator, Wally, is OK.
Fire damaged Andrew Cohen's store yesterday, but firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to the office where Wally lives in a 500-gallon aquarium.
A fire department spokesman says firefighters did the smart thing and left Wally in place after determining he was safe.
Cohen says he's owned Wally since he was three inches long. He's now more than four feet long and serves as the store's "junkyard dog."
A sign over his tank reads, "Refund Department."