Happy 8th Birthday...Baby Gators
Eight years ago today, Larry and I were thrilled, overjoyed, and extremely lucky to be able to see the hatching of about 24 baby gators.
We had been watching and waiting for this event for months...from the time Mama Gator slowly began to build her nest up through the time when she guarded it against would-be raiders.
Back on August 23, 2011, we could not believe our good fortune. Thankfully, we’d brought an extra battery for our camera. We stood there along with many others for over 2 hours as Mama Gator climbed up the nest and tried to help with any eggs and babies that were still struggling to get out.
She looked so tired, that at that moment she wasn't the big old alligator that many of us fear but a mother who'd had 24 babies she was now caring for.
As Roy Kelley says...always have your camera at hand, and we are so grateful we did just that.