Tropical Storm Irma dumped all kinds of debris around homes, but the most memorable could be the alligator found in a woman’s fenced-in yard on James Island in South Carolina.
A photo of the alligator — lounging passively in the water-logged grass — caught the attention of Twitter on Monday, and quickly made news.
It was one of at least two alligators found roaming yards in South Carolina after the storm, the state reports.
“Help. My friend has an alligator in her yard. It's fenced in,” said a tweet from Ryan Nelson, of South Carolina.
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The Charleston Post & Courier wrote about the trapped alligator Tuesday. State wildlife officials advised the unlucky resident to keep kids and dogs in the house “and see if the gator makes its way out of the yard by itself.”
State wildlife officials say a 7-to-8-foot alligator was also found in someone’s yard on St. Helena Island. An alligator control agent came and relocated the alligator, state officials said.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that it typically does not send officers to nuisance alligator calls, unless there’s an immediate public threat. Instead, the department calls private-sector specialists to remove the animals from yards and homes, a spokesman said.
It was unclear Wednesday if the alligator found in someone’s yard on James Island decided to leave on its own, or was forced out.
Social media response included advice for the homeowner to lure the alligator out with a chicken tied to a stick...or to shoot it. “Alligator tails are good eatin’,” said one Facebook post.