300+ gators could escape as Texas flood waters approach height of fences

by Abel Hampton August 30, 2017, 4:20
300+ gators could escape as Texas flood waters approach height of fences

Gator Country, an alligator sanctuary in Jefferson County, Texas, houses about 350 gators just on the outside of its facility (about 750 total, counting those inside) - and owner Gary Saurage tells KDFM Fox 4 News the water is rising and he's anxious they could escape. But as of last night, none had escaped the enclosure. We've worked around the clock and I don't know what else to do. He said they are "truly tired" and that everyone is at the "end of it". We don't know what to do.

Mr Saurage said 12 years spent catching alligators from people's backyards would be washed away if rain levels rise beyond the sanctuary's outer fence.

Saurage says he's never seen anything like the flooding Texas is enduring right now.

"We're less than a foot from (water) going over the fences", Saurage said. "I mean all these are certified high fences".

What's incredible about the storm, Saurage says, is that it's so unrelenting: "I've never seen (the water) stay anywhere near this before", he told KFDM.

The Houston skyline is seen from the east as sunlight breaks through storm clouds from Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas U.S. Reuters
The Houston skyline is seen from the east as sunlight breaks through storm clouds from Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas U.S. Reuters

While many residents were forced to evacuate parts of the state, Arlene Gonzalez Kelsch of Missouri City, Texas, made a decision to stay put with hopes of waiting out the tropical storm.

However, it's not just the alligators already in the sanctuary that are causing worry, as the sanctuary is getting plenty of calls about alligator sightings in the region which have also been able to get out of their natural habitats and are getting close to people's homes and inhabited areas. "I felt relatively safe seeing them, it's kind of cool. I'm focused on containing all our gators here".

Saurage founded Gator Country in 2005 and it is described as the "largest alligator adventure park/sanctuary in Southeast Texas" on its website.

Gator Country, an alligator and reptile rescue and educational facility in Beaumont, Texas, is in danger of 350 alligators escaping over its exterior fence because of rising floodwaters.

The good news is that Hammonds and Saurage have secured the crocodiles, poisonous snakes, and other risky reptiles.


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