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Meet The Biologist Taking Care Of SF's Albino Alligator During The Pandemic

Vikki McCloskey is a biologist at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. The museum has been closed for months, but there are tens of thousands of animals, bugs, and fish that live there. And they still need to eat. In this installment of "The Essentials," McCloskey takes us into a swamp as she feeds four snapping turtles and an albino alligator named Claude.

"We are still coming in every day to take care of the animals. But we are at half staff. We split the staff into two groups so that we don't overlap in case anyone does become exposed on one side or the other. Right now, I'm with the swamp team."

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Sona Avakian is a writer and editor living in San Francisco. Issues she is in interested in convering include housing in the BayArea, how to survive as an artist in the Bay Area, immigration, and local politics.