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Sanctuary Fears Alligators Could Escape With Hurricane Harvey Flooding

Texans may soon have to deal with alligators along on top of flooding. The rain doesn't seem to stop, and if this causes water to rise further, the condition of the city could get worse. The Gator Country, an alligator sanctuary located in Jefferson County, is home to over 350 alligators and their fences might soon give, allowing alligators to escape.

According to People, The Gator Country occupies 15-acre animal reserve, and it is full of alligators, poisonous snakes, and other animals. As the hurricane adds water inch by inch, flooding the Gator County, the sanctuary owner Gary Saurage thinks the water might soon rise above the fences that keep the 350 rescued alligators in a confined place. Up until last night, none of them could escape in the flood.

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The owners are trying to do their best, taking all possible measures, but they are tired, given the situation. Saurage has managed the wildlife sanctuary for 12 years and had around 450 reptiles. He reported that floods have never been this extreme. They are just about one foot away from seeing the water overflow. Luckily the fences are certified and are still staying strong, so there is some hope.

When Saurage is called for an alligator sighting, he might go or send someone else to capture it, as reported. However, with the massive floods, many alligators are about to leave their natural habitat and they might venture into people’s territory.

Via: myfox8.com

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Saurage reported that they are getting calls of alligator sightings all the time. But given the current situation, they cannot respond to any of those right now. Their main goal right now is to keep all the alligators inside the sanctuary. However, people living in the southeast of Texas could possibly encounter these reptiles.

There is just one-bit good news so far—the biggest alligators Big Tex and Big Al are now inside trailers. Saurage caught non-native species, like crocodiles,  but he keeps them away on a higher floor. He affirms that every reptile that is from the sanctuary has been put up and away in a safe zone. However, hundreds of gators are inside the fence and the rainfalls are adding its inches. Texas authorities have asked people to let alligators pass by if they encounter any.

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