Sometimes even giant alligators need rescuing.
And when they do, there are few folks more equipped for the job than Tarkington, Texas, cowboy Chance Ward.
A Facebook video of him and his 17-year old son rescuing horses from Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters got more than 12 million views in August 2017.
But early Monday morning, Ward made a more dangerous and exotic friend when an alligator just short of 12 feet long tried to cross U.S. 59 in Cleveland, Texas, near a Whataburger restaurant. The giant gator was clipped by an 18-wheeler trying to cross the highway's southbound lanes just after midnight, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"Only in Texas will you get a gator and Whataburger in the same picture," Ward wrote in a Facebook post Monday after helping the local authorities strap the beast into his flatbed pickup and taking him for a ride to a new home. "If you get a chance, thank our local law enforcement and firemen as they not only pull the criminals off the streets, they help keep the wildlife and livestock safe."