A South Carolina family had a peculiar visitor from an alligator on their front porch last week, and a onlooker caught it all on camera.
Gators are not an uncommon sighting in this part of South Carolina, but spotting one on the front porch is a rarity.
Gary Rogers was walking his dog when he came across some construction workers watching this gator wander through yards of this South Carolina neighborhood.
Rogers quickly reached for his phone as the gator approached the front porch of one of the houses.
“He was walking around in front of a couple of houses down in the cul-de-sac area. So we went down. Took a couple videos. Got some good shots of him. He was trying to climb the fence a couple times. Tried to climb somebody’s door. It was pretty funny actually,” Rogers said. “I’m not from the area, so seeing an alligator is interesting as far as I’m concerned.”
Neighbors say it is not farfetched to see alligators near the waterways of the Foxbank Plantation neighborhood, but this particular incident was down right strange as no one had ever seen a gator on the front porch of a house.
“The gator was not aggressive at all. He was just kind of trying to find his way out. I mean he was caught between fences, in between a couple of houses. Had no place to go. Went around the air conditioner a couple of times,” Rogers said.
But Rogers was shocked to see the reptile try to climb a front door.
“I didn’t know alligators could actually climb. And this alligator looked like he was really trying to make an attempt to get over the fence and into this woman’s pool in the backyard. And then when it went over to the house it kind of was up around the doorbell,” he said.
Jamie Bailey, the homeowner who was not home at the time of the incident, says she is not sure if the gator actually rang the doorbell. Jamie did, however, find a large amount of scratches on the from door when she returned home.
“You can see where he was scratching all around the door here. And then there. And then you can see the scratches on the knob itself,” Bailey said.
She received a text about the curious gator while she was at work that day.
“I thought it was a joke. And the first picture she sent me was from over here. And I couldn’t see it on the porch. And then they sent me the video front on and I was in disbelief. Couldn’t believe it,” Bailey said. “I mean who would have thought — an alligator!”
Bailey noted that she had seen alligators in the area, but never thought one would come so close to the house.
“I told my husband earlier I said we’re going to get a gator crossing sign — and we’re putting it in the front yard,” she said.
Rogers says the gator wandered the cul-de-sac for about an hour.