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Alligator stops traffic on Highway 53

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Alligator (Source: Deon Alderman) Alligator (Source: Deon Alderman)

BURGAW, NC (WECT) - Some motorists in Burgaw could hardly believe what they were seeing as a big alligator stopped traffic on Highway 53 Tuesday night.

Deon Alderman, a WECT viewer, sent us a picture of the gator. Witnesses said it appeared the gator was trying to cross the highway.

It stayed on the road for almost an hour before a wildlife officer eventually came and tied it up.

Alderman also said the alligator, which appeared to be about 8 to 10 feet long, was slightly injured.

"He tried to bite a truck, he bled a little after that," said Alderman.

The gator was eventually returned to the wild.

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