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This gator stranded by the hurricane got a free ride to safety

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This gator stranded by the hurricane got a free ride to safety

A 6-foot alligator found in Horry County,  South Carolina, on Wednesday, got a ride to safety.

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Snake chaser Russell Cavendar said he was called to the beach to wrangle an alligator in the surf. Deputies were standing watch over the wayward gator, which had climbed its way out of the surf and into the nearby dunes. 

This happens two or three times a year. I'm surprised I haven't gotten more calls because of the storm.
Russell Cavendar

Cavendar, who was called in by the Department of Natural Resources, says it's not uncommon to have gator calls in unusual places after severe weather. 

"Waters rise, they flood out, they get in these culverts, wind up in the ocean and they don't know where to go," he said.

Beach goers peeked in the truck to see the gator resting its head on the center console.

The gator kept Russell company during the drive. 

I usually average 20 or 30 nuisance gator calls (a year). I'm well over 60 this year.
Russell Cavendar

"It was lost and wayward and we're just going to put him back in a safe place."

Cavendar said he's seen a spike in the number of gators captured since last year's historic floods. Meanwhile, his business has increased by 100 percent, he said.

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