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Three-Legged Alligator Mom Cares for Her Babies in Lakeland, Florida

A three-legged alligator mother was seen helping her babies at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Florida, in footage released on September 6. The footage, by Owen Lauer, shows the alligator limping towards her nest and scooping out one of her babies in her mouth before waddling away with it. Lauer said the alligator was carrying each of her hatchlings to the water’s edge. Alligators are very maternal creatures, guarding eggs and protecting young for several months. This three-legged mom was no different. Lauer said he hopes his video “can help encourage people to see a different side of the often misunderstood alligator.” Credit: Owen Lauer via Storyful
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