‘See ya later, alligator!’: Gator found at Texas beach came all the way from Louisiana, officials say

A young American alligator was found on the Padre Island National Seashore on Monday, May 24, 2021. NPS Photo/K. Rogers (Courtesy)

PADRE ISLAND, Texas – Park rangers at Padre Island National Seashore were recently greeted by an unusual visitor on the beach.

In an image posted on their Facebook page on Monday, a young American alligator was found on the shoreline of Malaquite Beach, near Padre Island.

The alligator had tags and a tail notch, and it was identified as an alligator from Louisiana, park officials said on Facebook.

Texas Parks and Wildlife were notified of the alligator and was transported to a rehabilitation facility to recover from its long journey, according to the post.

It is unknown how the gator is doing in terms of recovery.

Yesterday we had an unusual visitor on Malaquite Beach! This young American alligator came all the way from Louisiana,...

Posted by Padre Island National Seashore on Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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