Shocking find inside 3.6m alligator killed by hunter

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A butcher has made a somewhat disturbing find in the stomach of a dead alligator.

Cordray’s, a butcher and taxidermist based in the US state of South Carolina, posted a photo of the enormous alligator on Facebook on Friday.

The 3.6 metre, 200kg gator was killed on a private property.

“We don’t usually open up the stomach but we did today,” it wrote on Facebook.

A dead alligator is pictured in South Carolina.
This large alligator was killed in South Carolina. Source: Facebook/ Cordray's

Inside the gator’s stomach, they found “five dog tags, one bullet jacket, one spark plug, turtle shells, and several bobcat claws.

“Two of the tags were legible and one phone number still worked,” it wrote.

“The owner said he had that lease 24 years ago and those were from his deer dogs.”

It’s not clear exactly what the plan for the alligator’s remains are.

Cordray’s sells alligator sausages, fillets and jerky on its menu. It also does taxidermy.

A number of dog tags and other items removed from the stomach of an alligator.
Dog tags from about 24 years ago were found inside the alligator. Source: Facebook/ Cordray's

People shocked by 'unbelievable' find

On Facebook, the contents of the alligator’s stomach had people shocked.

“Unbelievable,” one man wrote.

Another woman called it "crazy", while a third said it a "monster catch".

“Wow,” another woman wrote.

“We have some a lot bigger than that on our lease in Louisiana. We are right on the river with lakes that border it. I can only imagine what’s in their bellies.”

More alligator antics

In March, Gray Vinson, from Florida, spotted an alligator swimming alongside a bull shark in the Indian River and shared a video of the unlikely pairing to Facebook.

"It’s not everyday you see a bull shark and a gator swimming together in the Indian river," he wrote.

The post received a lot of attention with people calling the footage “impressive”.

"No flipping way. My boys will never kayak with me again," one person commented on the post.

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