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Door-climbing alligator appears to ring doorbell in South Carolina

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Ben Hooper
Excuse me, would you like to buy some Gator Scout Cookies? Screenshot: Danielle Barkley/Facebook
Excuse me, would you like to buy some Gator Scout Cookies? Screenshot: Danielle Barkley/Facebook

MONCKS CORNER, S.C., May 3 (UPI) -- Neighbors of a South Carolina home captured video of an alligator climbing on the front door as if it was attempting to ring the doorbell.

Danielle Barkley posted a video to Facebook showing the alligator climbing on the door of a Moncks Corner home Monday morning and appearing as if it was attempting to ring the doorbell and peer into a window.

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Another witness, Gary Rogers, said the gator crossed two yards before climbing onto the home's front porch, which wasn't the end of its adventure in the neighborhood.

"He was walking around in front of a couple of houses down in the cul-de-sac area. So we went down. Took a couple videos. Got some good shots of him. He was trying to climb the fence a couple times. Tried to climb somebody's door. It was pretty funny actually," Rogers told WCIV-TV. "I'm not from the area, so seeing an alligator is interesting as far as I'm concerned."

"The gator was not aggressive at all. He was just kind of trying to find his way out. I mean he was caught between fences, in between a couple of houses. Had no place to go. Went around the air conditioner a couple of times," Rogers said.

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Rogers said he was surprised to see the alligator climb the door.

"I didn't know alligators could actually climb. And this alligator looked like he was really trying to make an attempt to get over the fence and into this woman's pool in the backyard. And then when it went over to the house it kind of was up around the doorbell," he said.

Jamie Bailey, a resident of the house, said no one was home at the time of the gator's visit to confirm whether it was successful in ringing the bell. She said the reptile left plenty of scratches on the door as mementos of the visit.

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