Finally, on a recent trip to the zoo with my nephew, I was smitten by a squishy rubber alligator. I liked his size and the drape of his body, so I decided to try turning him into a book weight, too. I cut an incision in the alligator’s belly (which felt like the thinnest part of his skin). Removing the plastic beads was something of a hot mess, because static made them cling to everything – hands, tools, surfaces. It finally occurred to me to vacuum out the alligator’s innards using a micro-nozzle attachment on the vacuum hose. Success!