Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Alligator's stomach contents reveal appetite for sports

A 13-foot alligator, trapped at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island, S.C., was euthanized because it was a nuisance alligator.

Why was it a nuisance alligator? Because it ate everything in sight.

Here’s what trappers found when they opened up the alligator’s stomach:

1 soccer ball.
2 baseballs.
1 tennis ball.
2 unidentifiable balls.
53 fishing lures.
Half pound of lead sinkers.
A 4-foot gator.
18 rocks.
1 beer can.
2 turtles.
And a partridge in a pear tree.*

 * Just kidding about the partridge in a pear tree, though it could've been true.

Mark Carinus, who assists Critter Management with trapping and harvesting nuisance gators, told IslandPacket.com:

"People don't understand that this gator could not be relocated. It would eat any smaller gator. It snapped up the soccer ball at the water's edge and it could easily snatch a dog or a small child."

Actually, it's too bad they had to euthanize the alligator. It would have made a fine addition to the area’s clean-up crew.

Thanks UnderwaterTimes.com! 

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