The world is even hard on the Alligator here. A baby is very small and a good meal.
A Heron has been seen catching young gators in this spot, I assume it was this one back for more.
There was a problem here though. In the brush ahead was a big Alligator. Sitting and watching.
Reptiles lay eggs, and leave…except an Alligator. The female will look over her young for almost 2 years.
I don’t know if the Heron knew she was around, but he stopped and turned before getting too close.
There is some pay back here. An adult Alligator will eat a Great Blue if hungry (it’s hard work so they must be very hungry).