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Have You Ever Seen an Alligator Take a Deer out for Lunch?

Terri Jenkins/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

You’ve probably never seen an alligator take a deer out to lunch.

This alligator in Georgia did, well, he had the deer for lunch.

Terri Jenkins/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Terri Jenkins/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Terri Jenkins, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service District Fire Management Officer, spotted this alligator swimming off with its noon meal on March 4, 2004.

Jenkins was preparing to ignite a prescribed fire at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, about 40 miles south of Savannah, when she saw the alligator and deer, not exactly swimming hand-in-hand to catch up at lunchtime.

Terri Jenkins/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Terri Jenkins/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

“One advantage of fire work is you get to see that 12-14 footers are common from Santee National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina to Coastal South Carolina to Georgia’s coast,” says Jenkins. “It looks like the alligator population is doing extremely well.”

Terri Jenkins/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Terri Jenkins/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

And it looks like this gator was heading home to enjoy a private meal with its catch of the day.

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Have You Ever Seen an Alligator Take a Deer out for Lunch?