Florida gators are latest post-Harvey donation to Southeast Texas

Florida gators are the latest post-Harvey donations to Southeast Texas

BEAUMONT - There have been thousands upon thousands of items donated to Southeast Texans since Harvey but today's donations was just a little different.

Today's donation did not involve food, clothes or bottled water but can definitely be considered a Southeast Texas favorite.

On Monday morning, Mark McHugh and Orlando's Gatorland dropped off forty reptiles who really didn't have a choice when it came to their current living situation.

Many have "unique talents, skills and resources, and ours happens to be alligators. So when we heard Gator Country was flooded out and might lose some of their gators, we reached out to Gary and Shannon and said when you dry out and get back on your feet, we'll help you out," McHugh said.

Since he has more than 2500 gators in Florida, McHugh decided to help his buddies in Texas by bringing several four to six foot gators to fill up the pond.

Even though there was a little resistance, McHugh says there shouldn't be territorial issues when the 40 new neighbors from Orlando mix in with the old timers from Texas.

"I don't think there's any risk because I think he's built a separate exhibit for them. They may put some palm trees in there, maybe some plastic flamingos," McHugh said.

The biggest improvement to the new Florida gator pond is new fencing so the next time there's a flood, or if a gator decides to climb, they'll be prevented from escaping the premises.

"These alligators try to climb with these angles on the inside now and they'll just fall back into the pond. So we've learned a lot and as you can see we made a lot of changes so we don't have to go through this again,"

They're gators from a different region, ready to show off their unique look to Southeast Texas.

They're just trying to fit right in to a new environment, to their new home.

Gator country is now open to the public, and the new additions to the park will be on display immediately.
A great opportunity to see some new gators.

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