Alligator walks across golf course

Alligator walks across golf course

An alligator stunned onlookers after he sauntered across a golf course in the middle of the day.

The 12ft-long reptile - who residents are convinced is the elusive predator they've called Sherman the Tank - had no care in the world last week when he plodded out from nearby water and made his way across the grass of Ocean Creek Golf Course on Fripp Island, South Carolina, while families were busy playing the sport.

Animal worker Jessica Miller is quoted by the Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "This was an absolutely enormous alligator. There are tales of one from around the neighbourhood of a huge tarot called 'Sherman the Tank' so this could be him. This one was at least 30 years old but could be in his 50s or even 60s. Once they get to a certain size they stop growing so it's hard to know the exact age. Alligators mostly come out in the middle of the night so it was pretty rare to see one this size in the daytime. He was just going from pond to pond chilling out, oblivious to everyone else and he wasn't looking to cause any trouble."

After feeling satisfied with his stroll, the alligator disappeared into some long reeds.