Some food makes them really happy.
I've been breaking the ice and let me tell you it's hard work.
We did have a fatality .... poor old guy .... he had a good, long life.
The alligator can't wait to get back to the pond with the fishie.
Just a few weeks ago the grass was white and the pond was frozen solid.
NOTE: In the winter they sleep and stay on the bottom of the pond. We don't feed them. I only started breaking the ice when temperaturs started warming up. There's no way I can break the ice during winter .... freezes several inches.