A Texas alligator capture team rescued a 10-foot alligator that was blocking interstate traffic on Tuesday. However, the reptile did not create carnage and smashed a door at the rescue center after being rescued.
The team said the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office called Gator Country Adventure Park animal rescuers Tuesday at 4 a.m. CDT. Facebook After the Alligator caused traffic to back up on Interstate 10 from Major Drive to College Street in Beaumont, 85 miles east of Houston.
The team, including owner operators Gary Saurage and Shannon Saurage, wrote in the post “4 a.m. wake-up call from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. ‘Traffic stopped on Gary 10 ft. Alligator I-10 near the big dr. [sic].'”
The event came as Tropical Storm Nicholas brought heavy rains and risks of flooding to the state on Tuesday. The rescued crocodile was named “Major Nicholas” by the team in honor of the storm it found in the midst of it, which appeared on a Facebook update.
KHOU reported that the crocodile was rescued and placed in Gator Country. Gator Country’s website says the park currently houses 450 alligators. alligators, and the other reptilesmany came to the park as a result of rescue, donation or abandonment. He states that Gator Country is currently the only center for scourge alligators in Texas.
A Facebook update from the team at 9 am on Tuesday, five hours after the rescue took place, revealed that Major Nicholas smashed a door in the center.
The alligator’s namesake landed in northeast Matagorda Bay, Texas, around 12:30pm CDT on Tuesday, Weather.com reported. About three hours later it was reduced to a tropical storm. Storm It caused heavy rainfall and flooding in several states, including Louisiana and Texas.
Gator Country Adventure Park itself suffered heavy flooding and was taking extra precautions, according to a report from 12 News Now. A video report showed severe flooding at the facility in 2019 that caused crocodiles to be pushed out of their enclosures by rainwater. The outlet reported that a new fence has since been erected to prevent any escape.
Speculating about how the alligator found itself in the middle of a tropical storm on Interstate 10, the Gator Country team said in a Facebook post: “I think the alligator was trying to evacuate. We got it.”