Alligator sightings are pretty common in South Carolina's Lowcountry region around this time of year. But a genuine gentleman alligator whose momma raised him to ring the doorbell when he comes a-callin on a human neighbor–well, that's just downright precious.
"We've had gator sightings here before," nearby resident Danielle Barkley told Charleston's Post and Courier. "Last year one was at my neighbor's house two doors down, just hanging out in front of their front porch. But this is the first time we saw one climb up a door and try to ring the doorbell."
Gary Rogers told a local news channel that he was walking his dog down a street in Foxbank Plantation Monday morning, when he saw construction workers stopping their work to watch an alligator sort of stroll over into the yards of two homes.
Rogers says he reached for his phone as the big reptile headed for the front porch of one home.
"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."
Right you are, Gary. Right you are.
The homeowner was at work when all of this was happening, and someone texted her about it.
Did the gator actually ring the door? No one knows.
"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 told a local TV news reporter.
"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.
[via Washington Post]