CALABASH, N.C. (AP) – For the second time this month, a rust-colored alligator has turned up in the Carolinas.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports Tuesday that some residents of a Calabash, North Carolina, neighborhood have named the pumpkin-colored alligator “Donny.”
Earlier this month, residents joked that an orange alligator that turned up in a pond near Charleston had used too much self-tanning lotion.
Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said the color may have come from where the animal spent the winter, perhaps in a rusty steel culvert pipe.
Experts say alligators shed their skin and will likely return to a normal shade soon.
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