A horrifying video shows an alligator climbing over a fence near a Navy base in Florida

An alligator is seen at the Gator Park in the Florida Everglades May 17, 2006 in Miami-Dade County. There has been a record three deaths attributed to alligator attacks in Florida in the month of May. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
  • This weekend, an alligator in Florida climbed a fence.
  • There’s a video of the impressive feat.
  • Footage shows the animal scaling a chain-link fence near the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Don’t worry – the alligator stuck the landing and plopped into a grassy patch.
  • It was – as always – a big weekend for alligators in Florida.
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Sure, it’s cliche, but Florida has really outdone itself this time. Over the weekend, a video circulated that showed an alligator climbing a fence near the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

Footage of the incident is, in one word, horrifying. In two words: almost unbelievable. But seeing is believing.

Just take a gander at this clip captured by Christina Stewart and shared to facebook by meteorologist Matt Devitt.


The Orlando Sentinel estimates that the fence, which is surrounded by grass on either side, is probably between 5 and 7 feet tall.

Although shocking, this behaviour is well within reason. A2014 National Geographic blog notes that alligators (and their crocodile cousins) are known to climb things like trees in nature.

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Officials at the Navy base told Action News Jax that they don’t plan to remove the gator unless it becomes dangerous.

It was a busy week in Florida, where another swam through a busy intersection that had flooded with rainwater on Thursday,CNN reported.

Just business as usual in the sunshine state, folks.