The Cheetomator is being killed off by a deadly new disease

Giant roadside Cheeto attracts a crowd of tourists, but the fruit is being wiped out by the new disease The giant roadside Cheeto (pictured) has been wiped out by a deadly new disease The…

The Cheetomator is being killed off by a deadly new disease

Giant roadside Cheeto attracts a crowd of tourists, but the fruit is being wiped out by the new disease

The giant roadside Cheeto (pictured) has been wiped out by a deadly new disease

The giant roadside Cheeto has been wiped out by a deadly new disease and is being replaced with nothing more than a few scraggly plants and a single, yellow-toothed squirrel in Florida.

Known in the US as the ‘cheetomator’ or ‘cheeto plant’, the roadside plant that is considered to be a national treasure in the Florida Everglades is being killed off by a disease that was introduced by the American alligator farmer in 2002.

The cheetomator was planted in 1998 to deter wild animals such as bears and coyotes.

It was placed next to the road where motorists would drive by – and it was supposed to turn into a giant hedge to protect the car from animals looking out of windows as they drove by.

But after the cheetomator was introduced, it became infected with the disease, which is known by its scientific name Acinetobacter spp.

The disease was first found in 2001, but was not widely known until 2004, when the first major case was recorded. The alligator farmer, Gary Taylor, had started a campaign to kill the plants in 2002 after the disease was identified as a potential threat.

However, he failed to get the laws changed and the cheetomator was allowed to survive.

The cheetomator is being replaced with nothing more than a few scraggly plants and a single, yellow-toothed squirrel in Florida

The alligator farmer, Gary Taylor, started a campaign to kill the plants in 2002 after the disease was identified as a potential threat

Now, he is reported to have carried out the first ever successful biological control of the plant.

He put the cheetomator in the alligator farm

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