An alligator shocked a morning breakfast crowd in a North Carolina town when it sped through traffic driving a Bojangles before stalking the sidewalk.
Drivers waiting in the Bojangles drive-thru in Southport, North Carolina pulled out their phones on Saturday to capture the alligator on video.
Alligators are often found in swamps, marshes, bay lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds along the eastern seaboard, including coastal North Carolina, but are becoming less common in the upstate, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC).
While alligators pose little threat to North Carolinas, feeding or approaching an alligator may not only make it aggressive, but it’s also illegal.
A video, posted to Facebook by Stacy Gore, showed the 4ft-long alligator walking casually down the sidewalk next to the drive-thru.
gore said Newsweek that she and her husband, Bart Gore, were waiting on the drive-thru speakerphone when they saw the alligator wandering past the car directly in front of them.
“This little guy made breakfast interesting for my hubby this morning,” Gore captioned the video.
Other drivers can be heard laughing and looking shocked in the background of the video.
Many users in the comments made jokes about the hungry alligator probably craving a Cajun Chicken Tenderloin Cookie, a Bojangles favorite.
“Give that boy a Cajun filet,” Rebecca Tucker commented on the video.
“Somebody bring this alligator a cookie he’s been hungry for,” commented fellow user Heather Whitney Kuykendall.
“Curbside delivery!” Mark Barka commented.
gore said Newsweek that although no one noticed at first, when she and her husband saw the alligator crossing the parking lot, they were both “pretty surprised”.
“There were even people walking towards the building from the parking lot and they didn’t see it,” she said. “Once they realized it was there, they turned around and walked back to their car. By the time my husband started filming, people were excited.”
the News and Observer reported that the alligator was estimated to be about 4 feet long and believed to be a juvenile American alligator.
While Florida alligators can grow up to 15 feet long, most male North Carolina alligators can grow up to 13 feet, and females are under 9 feet.
The largest alligator ever examined in North Carolina was 12.5 feet long and 475 pounds, according to the NCWRC. The longest female examined was just over 8 feet.
Newsweek contacted the North Carolina Wildlife and Resource Commission for comment.
Alligators thrive in heat, so they’re most active when summer temperatures begin to set in, especially in warmer regions like Florida.
Newsweek previously reported that a 13ft alligator was caught strutting around in a man’s garden in surveillance footage.
Newsweek also reported that an alligator interrupted a swim team practice by hanging out on the bottom of the pool.
In March, another alligator in Florida sparked a homicide investigation after a human arm was found in the reptile’s mouth.
Updated 05/11/2022, 12:20 PM ET: This story has been updated with verified video of the incident.