The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) shared an awesome video on Facebook this week showing a huge alligator carefully carrying her hatchlings to their new home in the water.
According to the ODWC, the mother alligator had been building her six-foot nest since July in the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area in McCurtain County.
It guarded the nest through August and then spent 13 hours digging out the 22 hatchlings and moving them to nearby water, one mouthful at a time.ODWC
The video showed the mom carrying her babies just as any other protective mom. It’s not easy being a busy mother.
Researchers at Southwestern Adventist University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University have been monitoring the nest and hatchlings as part of their State Wildlife Grant with the Wildlife Department.
The American alligator is the largest reptile in the state. They are a native species. They are found in the very southeast corner, where the Coastal Plains Region meets its northernmost point: https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/…/american-alligator
Check out the video: