Video Of The Week - Chinese Workers Carry Thousands Of Alligators To Winter Home


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Photo Credit: By J. Patrick Fischer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Like many animals, China's Yangtze alligators like to spend winters hibernating inside dark holes that they dig on the sides of the lakes they reside in. That however is not an option for the 8,000 residents of the nature reserve in Xuancheng City in the Southeast Province of Anhui, because their manmade lakes are built using cement.

Therefore every year around this time, brave park workers physically lift each of the terrifying reptiles and carry them indoors to warm rooms. As if that is not scary enough, before being delivered to their winter homes, they have to be cleaned and checked for injuries. In April, when the weather warms up, the trek is reversed and reptiles are hauled back to their outdoor pools. Yikes!

American Alligator (Photo Credit: Skeetdeloach at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Indigenous to eastern China, the Yangtze or Chinese alligator is one of only two species of alligators left in the world. While it looks similar to the American alligator, it is a lot smaller. Most adults grow up to a maximum of 5 feet and weigh only about 80 pounds. In contrast, American alligators can get up to 13 feet long and weigh as much as 790 pounds! Another big difference? The Yangtze alligator is on the critically endangered list, which is why preserving the few that are left, is so crucial.

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  • DOG LOVERover 6 years
    This is really not what I want to do because these things are really dangerous and why can't these things go to hibernate by themself's??
    • Tyler over 6 years
      you need more were are they most likely to be found.
      • mjcrules4life
        mjcrules4lifeover 6 years
        This was quite interesting it was pretty cool! PS. The answer for the question is they weigh too much and they are way too big!
        • johncrawford
          johncrawfordover 6 years
          This was a cool artical. I like the video the most though. Yeah so cool I like the crocadile whho hoo!!!!
          • op bowover 6 years
            that is cool
            • Sugar Sweetover 6 years
              how much do they eat
              • Sugar Sweetover 6 years
                How big are those alligators?
                • Sugar Sweetover 6 years
                  On the second gator pic there is moss all over its right side? are they that dirty?
                  • Sugar Sweetover 6 years
                    It looks really fun to watch, and also really dangerous!!!
                    • themugglequeen
                      themugglequeenover 6 years
                      I would be scared if I was doing that!