The video clips on this page all have no sound, due to file size constraints.
The date was September 4, 1992.
Donna was at Brazos Bend park, when she was alerted to living proof of
something that many visitors to the park find unbelievable. That was the sight of a large alligator (Donna
estimated it at about 10 feet long) that was eating a smaller alligator (about 4 feet long). No one had
witnessed the events leading to this ending, so any reasons for the attack are strictly conjectural. Closeups
in the videotape show that many flies had already made an appearance, so the kill had probably been made
some time before. When alligators make a kill that is too large to swallow whole, they will carry the carcass
around, sometimes for days, until it has softened enough to break up and swallow. Click the link below for
a small clip showing this.
Alligator eating another 14,593 kb
The next day, September 5,
1992, Donna was once again at the right place at the right time with a
camera. This time, in Elm Lake at the park, the fish were dying off, evidently due to an algae bloom that
had depleted the oxygen in the water. The fish were congregating near the surface of the lake. Lining
up for this free food were a huge number of alligators of all sizes. Among the alligators in the park about
this time were apparent strangers to the park. These "visitors" seemed to be darker than most of the other
alligators, and also were apparently more aggressive. During the course of this video, one alligator can
be seen chasing other alligators, away from this stretch of shoreline. In the clip below, one of the
territorial conflicts takes place. Immediately after this clip, the alligators both moved out towards
deeper water, where they tussled again. There is a large "clump" sound from within the disturbance, and
only one alligator immediately surfaced. Click the link below, next to the image to see
the first part of this battle. These alligators are at least 10 feet long.
Alligator territorial conflict 2,959 kb
The picture above is one of a series of 32 images. Click on this link to see them. Alligator Territorial Dispute Sequence
A little later on, Donna (who
was standing quite close to the shore during all this), noticed the alligator
below in territorial/aggressive posture. While she was filming, she assumed at first that this rather
unwelcome attention was focused on another alligator in the water near her. However, not much later, it
seems fairly obvious that Donna herself was the creature that was annoying the alligator. Fortunately,
although this alligator made a few passes near shore, and actually paused in front of Donna a few times,
it never left the water and attempted to do anything else. Click on the link near the picture to see the
Alligator aggressive posture 7,165 kb
The picture above is one of a series of 37 images. Click on this link to see them.Alligator Aggression Display Sequence
If you'd like to know more about the park follow these links:
Brazos Bend State Park The main page.
Bend State Park Volunteer's Page The
volunteer's main page.
Here are a few links to more information on alligators. There's a LOT of it out there. The reason is, of course, that ALLIGATORS KICK ASS!
Adam Britton's Pages 1
Adam Britton's Pages 2
Fish and Wildlife Page (Text)
Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species
My other alligator pages:
OR, FOR OTHER ANIMALS:
Alligators at Brazos Bend State Park Page 1 Critters at Brazos Bend State Park Page 1
Alligators at Brazos Bend State Park Page 2
Alligators at Brazos Bend State Park Page 4
Alligators at Brazos Bend State Park Page 5
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