Doomed to living out its final days in a restaurant’s crowded tank before meeting its demise in a pot of boiling water, a lobster has been given a second chance after Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy performed an impromptu pardon of the 15-pound crustacean.
Malloy released the lobster, estimated to be at least 60 years old, into the Mystic River.
The governor came across the noble creature at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank while visiting tourist attractions in the region. Following a reduction in tourism funding to $1 by Malloy’s predecessor, the current governor has launched a two-year, $27 million initiative to promote tourism.
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The arthropod’s lucky day came after a Niantic man bought a 17-pound lobster at a Waterford restaurant and released it back into Long Island Sound. Don MacKenzie of Niantic told The Day that he knew the lobster, nicknamed "Lucky Larry" by local children, would have to be about 80 years old to reach his current size and felt the creature deserved to live.
"It takes seven years for him to even become a lobster big enough to keep," MacKenzie said. "For a lobster to live this long and avoid lobster traps, nets, lobster pots ... he doesn’t deserve a bib and butter."
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