12-ft, 1000-lb Alligator Surprises South Carolina Woman Outside Her Home

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What would you do if you opened your front door to be greeted by a 12-foot alligator? This strange and frightening encounter actually happened to South Carolina resident Diana Andrews when she took her dog out for a walk around her Hilton Head Island neighborhood at 5:50 a.m., according to The Daily Mail UK.

"I was terrified. I was screaming and shaking at the same time, trying to find the phone to call security," said Andrews of the unexpected meeting.

While Mrs. Andrews tried to get help, her husband came out to see the beast for himself. At first, he tried to splash it with water, hoping it would turn him away, but when that did not work, he decided to run for safety.

Security advised Mrs. Andrews to contact professionals as the alligator was too large to take away themselves. It took nearly three hours for Critter Management Inc. to arrive. Once they did, they tied the gigantic creature up. Still, they could not transfer the animal by themselves and called for reinforcements.

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When enough people arrived on the scene, the alligator was tied to a tree with several ropes. It was later carted off. Sadly, because of its large size, the alligator had to be euthanized. There are approximately 250–300 problematic alligators that are euthanized each year by the state.

Although it was a terrifying experience for the couple, they understood that it was mating season in their hometown and that alligators were already there, long before they had arrived. "They were here before we were, so there's nothing we can do," said Mr. Andrews.


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Ron Mcneal

And I wanted to move where?

April 18 2013 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

PETA does this all the time and they use you money to fund it. I don't hear anyone crying out about that. Sometimes relocation may not be a option if you or your family is in immediate danger.

April 18 2013 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

PETA does this all the time and they get your money to help fund it. I don't hear anyone crying about that.

April 18 2013 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alligators are tortured ,abused and killed all the time - no relocation - no humane treatment .That Alligator had every right to continue living . I become more ashame of my fellow so called human beings everyday ..

April 18 2013 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gerri Miller

It should be a crime to kill this gator. It wasn't hurting anyone They should of called someone who would transfer the gator someplace else.

April 18 2013 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They killed it, never mind the E word, no reason to kill it, mindset of Euthanizing will transfer to humans, if life is precious then why do we snuff it out with the same excuses as those humans who kill innocent and or defenseless humans? Even those human killers get breaks!
He must have been in pain or he was a pain to the Homeowners Association, Oh Lord let me live as far away as possible from people like these !, I have been moving further away from these ugly human beings.

April 18 2013 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In days past, when alligators got over 6 ft on Hilton Head, they would cart them over to Daufuskie Island. There is a stuffed 12 footer in the Daufuskie museum. Now there are too many people on Daufuskie, and I've no idea where Hilton Head "relocates" their larger gators. The woman was foolish to be walking her dog out that early in the low country--during the cool of the evening not only gators wander out of their lakes, but copperheads and rattlers LOVE to warm up on pavement heated during the day. If she had waited until sun up, the gator would have been happy in its water environment most likely.

April 18 2013 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I guess I'm truly ignorant about the species but isn't this a crocodile??

April 18 2013 at 8:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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No, crocs and alligators are pretty similar EXCEPT for one thing that is easy to see. The crocodile's "nose" is slightly more narrow than the alligator's nose which is wide and rounded off almost blunt like. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-R-1diLkRU-A/Te5nxATskzI/AAAAAAAADy0/bgPQfNPe-n0/s1600/crocodile+snout.jpg
There are other ways of telling but that is normally the easiest.

April 18 2013 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda & Bob

The lady was a fool sitting on a gator. Hilton Head has hundred of gators. They do relocated some of them in a preserve. They kill it for his size or if they keep coming back after to a certain area after they been relocated.

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