Happy 8th Birthday...Baby Gators

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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Brian England
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Wow, what a cool event to enjoy, watching something come to life is amazing!

Aug 23, 2019 07:27 AM #9
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Hi Kathy Streib,

All I can say is don't get between a mama gator and her babies. She lunges pretty well!

Aug 23, 2019 07:40 AM #10
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Carol Williams
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Wow, Kathy. That must have been amazing to watch.  As tired as she was, she sure can lunge fast when here babies were threatened.  Thanks for sharing!

Aug 23, 2019 09:14 AM #11
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Kathy wow wow wow I have never seen a mama gator get all the babies out of the nest - and 24 four of them, She's got to be tired!!!!

Aug 23, 2019 09:25 AM #12
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Gators scare the heck out of me - you guys are pretty brave -- The only gator I like is my handbag -  The rest scare the living daylights out of me - The video is truly amazing

Happy Friday  

Aug 23, 2019 10:25 AM #13
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Good afternoon Kathy Streib - those videos are really amazing.  Eight years ago.  I wonder what the life span of an alligator is.

Aug 23, 2019 11:00 AM #14
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I agree with Michael Jacobs ... I would only want to celebrate that birthday from a distance...a long distance. LOL

Aug 23, 2019 12:40 PM #15
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That had to of been an amazing thing to witness, Kathy!  And, to see it all unfold upclose and personal would have been memorable.

Aug 23, 2019 05:23 PM #16
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Sharon Lee this was one of those moments when you thank the powers that be that you were there. 

Wayne Martin we were very lucky!  I'm so thankful for that. 

Donald Urschalitz feel free not to!!! LOL

Aug 23, 2019 05:29 PM #17
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson that's how many we could count!!!

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR Ask him!!! I would love to know. My brother, sister-in-law and other family members are headed to Austin today and tomorrow to get a niece settled in at UT!

Aug 23, 2019 05:31 PM #18
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Nina Hollander even though gators are scary, I felt sorry for the Mama gator. She looked so tired!

Michael Jacobs I'd hate to face those grown babies now!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel And to you as well!!!! Can't wait to see what you bring back from your Farmer's Market. 

Aug 23, 2019 05:35 PM #19
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Brian England Keeping our eyes open for gator and bird nests while we were on our walks was always a lot of fun. 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I've seen a gator jump going after a dragonfly once. Definitely scared me! 

Aug 23, 2019 05:37 PM #20
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Carol Williams I forgot to mention that she was also having to keep her eye's open for other gators!!

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 She did look tired, didn't she!

Aug 23, 2019 05:39 PM #21
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Hannah Williams what's even scarier is to see a gator up on all fours walking. Very prehistoric. 

Grant Schneider I would imagine that those who survived to a year are still around. 

Aug 23, 2019 05:41 PM #22
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Sharon Tara they scare me too. 

Myrl Jeffcoat I was so happy that I had a real camera with me!

Aug 23, 2019 05:44 PM #23
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Thank you for sharing this and having your camera at the ready Kathy Streib 

Aug 23, 2019 09:56 PM #24
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Morning Kathy.

I bet those babies are nothing one wants to mess with now. The tender loving care of a mother is something to behold, even in the animal world

Aug 24, 2019 01:31 AM #25
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Kathy you were very fortunate to have witness that, and even more fortunate to of had a camera with you.

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That must have been fun, Kathy.  Mom Gator must have been pretty tuckered out - that's a big job with 24 kids!

Jeff

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I think I like better to take pictures of baby sea turtles going out to the ocean. Much safer.

Aug 25, 2019 03:07 PM #28
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