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Officials examine photos of gator forced to drink beer

COLUMBIA, S. C. – South Carolina wildlife authorities are investigating after photographs circulated online showing beer being poured down a young alligator’s throat.

The Ministry of Natural Resources spokeswoman Kyndel McConchie says charges are expected on Friday.

It is unclear what the costs are, but alligators are federally protected animals. State law makes it illegal to feed an alligator or capture one without a permit.

McConchie says the animal is clearly not treated well, as the photos show, the gator’s neck is tightly pressed. The one photo shows smoke blown into the gator’s mouth.

She says the agency was notified Thursday about the photos that are circulating on Snapchat and Facebook.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head Island reports that the gator was in Beaufort County.

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