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WATCH: This Alligator Casually Strolled Through a Neighborhood After Hurricane Florence

Poor guy was just looking for a safe place.

The days directly after a hurricane can be incredibly disorienting. People are displaced, homes are underwater or damaged by wind, and figuring out how to get through it all can seem impossible. And this doesn't just apply to people, it seems. Take this alligator who was struggling to find its place after Hurricane Florence.

Spotted near Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, resident Tracie Byrd posted a video of the walking alligator on both Facebook and YouTube.

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The alligator gradually picks up its pace as it walks down the residential street and over to some grass, but in general it looks pretty casual about being in a place it definitely doesn't belong.

The wind picks up at the end of the video and you can see the strength of the hurricane, but the alligator remains (relatively) unbothered by it all.

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As the Huffington Post reported, it's best to leave alligators alone during hurricanes. They are trying to find appropriate shelter just like you, so they most likely aren't a threat to you unless they're in your home or trying to get in.

Local news also shared the video, and the reactions to the video were ... well, what you might expect. One user simply replied with a meme that read, "Oh hellll no."

Comments on the YouTube video are equally entertaining. One user wrote, "They see me strollin' They hatin'" and another wrote "He was told to evacuate." Another simply wrote, "I like this dog," playing off of the fact that the gator looks as casual as a household pet in the residential neighborhood.

Clearly seeing an animal like that seem so nonchalant in quite a strange situation has people fairly amused.


This isn't the first time something like this has happened, though. In almost every major hurricane in the past few years, there have been reports of alligators ending up in places they shouldn't. In Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Health even announced a special warning for residents to be more cognizant of wildlife in their neighborhoods post-hurricane.

While the sight of the gator in South Carolina is quite something, here's hoping that the alligator found safety and shelter somewhere that made both the animal and the neighborhood feel safe.

Watch the full video the alligator visitor below:

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