Memorial Day isn't the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere — the solstice is June 20 — but it's close enough for many Americans. And in honor of this annual milestone, an alligator conservation park in Florida produced the video below (admittedly in 2009, but it's as relevant today as ever).


So if you still don't feel like it's summer in America yet, just watch this American alligator smash an American watermelon à la American comedian Gallagher:



[Via Gator Adventure Productions]


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Russell McLendon ( @russmclendon ) writes about humans and other wildlife.

Ring in summer with Gallagator
As Memorial Day kicks off summer in the U.S., an American alligator sums up the moment by channeling Gallagher with an iconic summertime fruit.