Monday, June 05, 2006

Gator Country cleanup

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
An alligator surfaces for a snack during a Gator Country cleanup effort at the theme park in Fannett on Saturday, June 3, 2006.

Gator Country co-owner Sarah Saurage throws a hot dog into the mouth of Kong during a cleanup effort at the theme park in Fannett. The park was seriously flooded by last weekend's rains and almost necessitated the evacuation of some alligators.

Volunteer Vudika Camp (left) of Daisetta, Texas has a staring contest with Big Al (right), a 13-foot alligator, as Camp moves dirt during a Gator Country cleanup effort at the theme park. One of the trees crashed into the fence during the storm. After the tree was uprighted, dirt had to be replaced to let it take root again. Big Al didn't appreciate the work.

Gator Country co-owner Gary Saurage restores a water pump during a cleanup effort at the theme park. The pump filters the water to keep algae from growing in the gator residential ponds. The park is open and ready for visitors again.

Please also see Fay's Gator Country images from July.


CarmenSisson said...

Are you sure that's an alligator? Looks like a crocodile. I could be wrong, of course. Whatever the case, you've managed to capture a beguiling mix of cute-scary-as-hell-adorable. :-)

Mark M. Hancock said...

Yup, they're all gators. Personally, I don't like gators or any of their kin. One incident in a Georgia swamp years ago made me really dislike them.

Gator Girl said...

Very True, they are all gator's! Gator Country in home to 120 Aligators, including BIG AL, the largest aligator in captivity in Texas. Al is 13' 4" long and weighs in at around 1000 lbs. Check out the web site