A family of alligators survived a wildfire in Alabama’s Gulf State Park by sheltering in place, in their mud hole. Some people worry and wring their hands about the fate of animals during a wildfire, but most of them have adapted to fire over hundreds of thousands of years and know what to do.
In this case an eight and a half foot long mother alligator and nine babies rode out a fire while they sheltered in a mud hole in a large marshy area of the park.
Conservation Officer Roger Reetz, who found the gators, said:
The gators rode out the forest fire in this mud hole. Everything around them is burned. Nothing is left. They rode out this fire storm in this mud hole here and now we are trying to do our part to help them out and get them some water so they can ride it out a little longer until the rains come.
The fire is contained, but the Orange Beach Fire Department is going to fill the area with water to make it easier for the family to survive while the area recovers from the fire.