Brookgreen Garden welcomed four baby alligators from a nest of 23 eggs laid by one of its females in the Lowcountry Zoo at the facility.
The new additions needed a little help, and were the first in recent history to hatch at the facility.
“The eggs started chirping this past Saturday and we have had to assist them out of the shell to hatch,” Andrea DeMuth, vice-president and curator of zoological collections, said in a press release. “A couple of years ago, we brought two female alligators from St. Augustine Alligator Farm and they joined our male alligator in the exhibit. He has lived at the Zoo since the 1970’s, and we estimate his age to be 65-70 years.
“The male alligator ‘Cowboy’ tolerated both females, but paid special attention to one of them and now for the first time in many, many years we have baby alligators in our zoo.”
The news has everyone at the facility buzzing about the new babies.
“We are excited to see the baby alligators,” Bob Jewell, president and EO, said in the release. “It shows how conscientious our staff is in taking care of the animals here. Our plan is to continue to grow and expand the Zoo with additional exhibits and species of animals.”
The baby gators are not yet available for viewing as they get acclimated to the world.
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily.
For more information, visit www.brookgreen.org.