OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. - Alligators preparing for the cold froze in place and popped their noses above icy water in a North Carolina swamp.
Eighteen American alligators froze in place with their noses above the water in a state of brumanation, which is similar to hibernation, Shallotte River Swamp Park manager George Howard said.
Alligators at the 65-acre park have braved freezing temperatures before. Last January, the alligators froze and thawed out days later with no apparent injuries.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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