Two gators to be moved while SC pond is cleaned

HANAHAN, S.C. (AP) - Officials want to dig a pond deeper and clean around it to prevent flooding at the military's weapons station in Hanahan.

There is the matter of moving an alligator named Charlie that has lived in the pond for decades. Also his girlfriend.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports officials at the Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station have a plan to move the alligators to a nearby pond.

Commercial trapper Ron Russell of Gator Getter Consultants plans to move the alligators in the next few weeks. Russell estimates Charlie is about 400 pounds and about 11 feet long.

Charlie has lived in the pond since at least the early 1970s and has been fed with scraps from the mess hall, roadkill and fast food tossed over the fence at the pond.

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