PADRE ISLAND, Texas (KTRK) -- A young alligator traced to the Louisiana bayous somehow made it all the way to Padre Island.
Padre Island National Seashore rangers found the gator on Malaquite beach Tuesday.
After taking a look at the gator's tail notch and tags on its rear feet, rangers determined it had traveled all the way from Louisiana.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department made the decision to transport the gator to a rehabilitation facility to recover after the long trip
How the gator managed to get to south Texas remains a mystery.
Louisiana is at least 300 miles away from where the reptile was discovered.