Beachgoers at Pawleys Island, South Carolina, were surprised when a 7-foot alligator crawled out of the surf and joined in the sunbathing. There were several quick calls made to authorities, who came to nab the beast while everyone else kept their distance.
Police Chief Michael Fanning said that officers followed the gator for about two hours, keeping it in sight, until the Department of Natural Resources and private contractors came to take over. The contractors brought a noose on a pole, then lassoed the leviathan and returned it to a more alligator-friendly environment.
Alligators are not uncommon in South Carolina. They’re indigenous to the Southeast, and are found as far north as Virginia and as far west as east Texas. The state of South Carolina reports there are about 750 alligator complaints registered each year. Most involve smaller young gators, but these reptiles can grow to be 13 feet long dreamcharleston.com.
Experts say if you see an alligator, stay away from it. If it hisses, it’s warning you that you’re too close. Alligators may attack if they feel threatened, and they can move very quickly. Keep pets on a leash when you walk them in alligator territory, and don’t leave pets alone outside. Never feed alligators, because that will make these large, dangerous creatures approach humans tpwd.texas.gov.
Police Chief Fanning said it’s not uncommon for alligators to end up on beaches in South Carolina. Young alligators tend to get swept into the ocean current and carried to the shore. Normally, about 2 alligators are caught on Pawleys Island each summer. But experts are used to capturing them and removing them from populated areas. Later, gator!