Donald Trump-like coloured gator known as 'Trumpgator' puzzles SC crowds

Residents of a small SC town have been left shocked by a strangely-coloured visitor bathing in a local beauty spot.

The smallish orange alligator was spotted in a pond in the town of Hanahan, South Carolina and has quickly become a viral sensation. Estimated to be 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) long, the apricot alligator was nicknamed "Trumpigator" by its human neighbors, local television newscast WCBD News 2 reported.

"It would not be a new species, just a genetic anomaly if it were naturally orange", he said.

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Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources guesses that the one-of-a-kind alligator might have spent the winter in a rusty steel pipe.

The other theory is that the altered skin colour is due to some sort of environmental factor, possibly algae, or a pollutant.

"It's the Trumpagator of Self-Tanner Plantation", wrote one Facebook user quoted by the Post and Courier.

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"[It] might be iron oxide [rust] that has discolored it", he told WCSC-TV.

Locals and people on social media both quickly made a connection between the clay-colored reptile and Donald Trump, using the phrase 'Trumpagator' (or is it Trumpigator?) both as a compliment and perhaps an insult.

Much like a bad fake tan, the alligator is expected to soon shed its skin and its orange tone.

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