An alligator was seen on video (below) crawling on the front door of a South Carolina home and trying to ring the doorbell.
Gary Rogers, a neighbor, was walking his dog in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, on May 2 when he saw the alligator casually wandering around the neighborhood, ABC affiliate WCIV reported.
"The gator was not aggressive at all," Rogers, who filmed the incident on his cellphone, told the news station.
He explained that the animal "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."
At one point, the alligator reared on its hind legs and appeared to be trying to ring the front doorbell. However, no one was home to answer the door.
Rogers said he watched the animal for about an hour before it eventually walked away into the woods behind the house.
The man's daughter sent the video he had taken of the alligator to the owner of the home, Jamie Weathersbee-Bailey, who was at work when the reptilian visitor arrived at her house.
"I thought it was a joke," Weathersbee-Bailey said. "I mean who would have thought? An alligator!"
When the woman went back to her house for lunch later that day, she noticed scratch marks on her front doorknob and some paint chipped off around the trim of the door.
Weathersbee-Bailey told the Charleston Post Courier that she believed the alligator may have been lured to her house by her pet daschund, who was inside the home at the time.
"I don't know if the alligator was trying to get him or not," she said.
Neighbors who saw the alligator alerted the state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) but were told that that there was nothing the department could do.
Although DNR does occasionally send someone out to remove a wild animal that has been causing trouble, officials in the department said most of these situations tend to resolve themselves without intervention.
" … [O]ften, if the caller can wait until the next day to see if the animal moves on, we find that the situation fixes itself as the animal moves on during the night," Jay Butfiloski, the department's alligator program coordinator, said.
Butfiloski added that it is common to run across migrating alligators in the spring.
“Often alligators decide they want to be somewhere else and may take a fairly direct route to another water body," he said.
“Unfortunately, in many situations, the animal kind of gets caught in an area where it has a hard time finding a way to get back to the water."