Mallery Neptune was traveling with his family to a craft store in Saint Cloud, Florida (United States) when he was obliged to pull over to let unexpected passers-by to safely cross the roadway. A little alligator emerged from the grass and crossed the road, followed by a pair of long-legged cranes.
Mallery has seen the crane family lying in the grass on the opposite side of the street before. The woman recognized the cranes were attempting to safeguard her area as the young alligator moved in that way.
“My kids were in the van with their eyes riveted on the alligator, so I was hoping it would stay familiar. The cranes were circling him. At first, it appeared to be a game of “follow the leader,” but once the crocodile was out on the street, the cranes went forward to help him find his way home.”
The family was able to witness as the cranes expanded their wings and defended the bridge while gently redirecting the alligator and heading in the opposite direction.
“It was incredible to witness them utilize their wings to grow in size and deflect the alligator.” They were unquestionably a team that functioned well together.”
The young alligator understood the message and returned to the pond, where the charming cranes escorted him to ensure he arrived safely. This animal connection was a life-changing experience for the woman and her family.
Mallery is confident:
“We’ve seen alligators sunbathing in the ponds, but we’ve never seen one cross the road or engage with the cranes in this way.” It was a lot of joy to see these wonderful creatures!”