An alligator recently taken by a hunter in South Carolina held the missing puzzle pieces to several mysterious dog disappearances within the contents of its gut.
As staff at Cordray’s Butcher Shop just outside of Charleston butchered the gator, they discovered the undigested metal tags from 5 different dogs inside of the monstrous reptile.
The names and phone numbers on two of the dog tags were still legible, and after contacting one of the numbers it was discovered that the dog disappeared on a deer hunting trip almost 25 years ago.
Also inside of the 12-foot long, 445-pound gator was a brass jacket from a bullet, a sparkplug from a car, and an entire collection of turtle shells and bobcat claws.
The stomach contents provide an interesting look at the opportunistic and terrifying dietary habits of a predator so perfect that the species has not ecologically evolved in millions of years.
“Ned McNeely brought in this 12’ long 445 lb. private land gator this morning! We don’t usually open up the stomach but we did today. 5 dog tags, 1 bullet jacket, 1 spark plug, loads of turtle shells, and several bobcat claws were inside.
Two of the tags were legible and one phone number still worked. The owner said he had that lease 24 years ago and those were from his deer dogs. Pretty interesting.”
Ned McNeely brought in this 12’ long 445 lb. private land gator this morning! We don’t usually open up the stomach but…