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To catch a gator

Critter Management's Joe Maffo, with pole, and Mark Carinus try to flush remove an alligator from a storm sewer pipe in Hilton Head Plantation on Friday. The nine-foot-long female had been trapped in a pipe running beneath Seabrook Drive for some time. After it was captured, it was released back into the wild within the plantation.
Critter Management's Joe Maffo, with pole, and Mark Carinus try to flush remove an alligator from a storm sewer pipe in Hilton Head Plantation on Friday. The nine-foot-long female had been trapped in a pipe running beneath Seabrook Drive for some time. After it was captured, it was released back into the wild within the plantation. Jay Karr, The Island Packet

The original assignment: I was photographing the successful rescue of a 9-foot alligator trapped in a Hilton Head Plantation storm sewer pipe June 24.

The Outtake: Here, gator wrangler Joe Maffo of Critter Management uses a length of plastic pipe in an attempt to prod the trapped reptile to another nearby storm sewer grate for snaring. Meanwhile his assistant, the apparently fearless Mark Carinus, crawls halfway into the pipe for a better look.

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