Published: Oct 13, 2010 3:38 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 13, 2010 12:39 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A horrified 8-year-old boy watched as an alligator ate his pet turtle at a Panhandle aquarium.

Colton Guthrie had donated his pet red-eared slider, Tomalina, to the Gulfarium in Panama City when she outgrew her home aquarium. Colton's mother told the Panama City News Herald on Tuesday that the family watched as Tomalina was placed in an exhibit with other red-eared sliders and an alligator.

Although the alligator had long ignored the other turtles, Brenda Guthrie said the gator ate Tomalina as Colton shouted, "Oh no, alligator, let it go."

The Gulfarium apologized to the Guthries' and gave them a special meet-and-greet with the dolphins after the Thursday incident.