WATCH: Alligators can now climb over golf course fences
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WATCH: Alligators can now climb over golf course fences

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As though the idea of 15-foot alligators roaming the golf course weren't frightening enough, now we know that alligators can apparently climb (flimsy) fences.

A gator was filmed climbing up and over a chain-link fence -- complete with barbed wire top -- at Hideaway Country Club in Ft. Myers, Fla., on Wednesday. The 8-foot gator didn't seem daunted by the climb, in part because it partially toppled over the fence with its weight as it was climbing.

"[The gator] wiggled some of the poles up a little bit," said Hideaway general manager Jeff Wilson, according to NBC 2. "In fact, he went over barbwire too, which is pretty amazing, but of course, alligator skin is pretty tough."

Clearly, the fence wasn't strong enough, and that's a problem the folks at Hideaway C.C. are planning to fix.

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