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Alligator seen attempting to ring doorbell of South Carolina home

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Alligator caught on video (WTVD)

An alligator was recently caught scratching at the front door of a South Carolina family's home as if it were attempting to ring the doorbell.

The unusual sight was recorded on video Monday morning in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, according to ABC affiliate WCIV. A man named Gary Rogers had been walking his dog when he suddenly saw the gator casually wandering around the residential neighborhood, the station reported.

"The gator was not aggressive at all," Rogers told WCIV. He said that the gator "looked like he was really trying to make an attempt to get over the fence and into this woman's pool in the backyard" but then "it went over to the house...up around the doorbell."

But no one was home to answer the door, and the gator eventually left.

Homeowner Jamie Bailey said she was at work when a neighbor alerted her to the gator visit, but she did find plenty of scratches on the front door when she got back home.

"I thought it was a joke," Bailey told WCIV. "I mean who would have thought? An alligator!"

Rogers' daughter Danielle Barkley lives nearby.

Barkley tells local media that alligators have visited the neighborhood before and last year she saw one on the front porch of another neighbor's house. But she says this is the first time one seemed to reach for the doorbell.

The alligator, which was several feet long, hung around for about an hour before it wandered back into the woods on its own.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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