The photos show several young people holding a baby alligator by its neck and pouring beer down its throat.
They also blow smoke into the mouth of the 18- to 20-inch gator, and drink beer that has slid down the animal’s tail.
The photos, originally put on Snapchat but then captured and posted on Facebook, have the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources investigating a case of alligator abuse in Beaufort County.
“The photos were uploaded onto Snapchat by one of the kids doing harm to the animal, people saw it, got angry and they did screen shots of the images,” said Kyndel McConchie of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. “That’s how it came to our attention.”
As of 11 a.m. Friday, the Facebook post had been shared nearly 200 times and received more than 100 comments. Later on Friday, the post had been removed.
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