12-foot gator on SC coast gets reprieve

File Photo (Not Charlie)

PORT ROYAL, S.C. (AP) - Charlie the Gator has received a reprieve and will be able to stay in a swamp on the South Carolina coast.

The Beaufort Gazette reports that Port Royal Councilwoman Mary Beth Gray-Heyward wanted the 12-foot gator moved from the town's Cypress Wetlands, worried that it could attack a child.

But the town council decided Wednesday to allow Charlie II to remain.

The town will post signs warning people about the gator and will get more from the state Department of Natural Resources. Town engineer Tony Maglione said Charlie would have to be destroyed if removed.

Gators that are relocated tend to return to their original habitat.

The gator is named Charlie II after another 12-foot alligator that has lived for decades in wetlands at Joint Base Charleston.