In Vicksburg, Mississippi on Sunday, a group of hunters tracked, shot, and killed a massive alligator. However what truly amazed the huntsmen was the discovery that the beast was already wounded by Civil War era musket ammunitions. As many as 9 sphere-shaped shots were established. After an examination, and a variety of tests, experts authenticated the firings were indeed made at the alligator before the 20th century.
Of the reptile’s entry wounds, nine are thought to be the work of an Enfield Pattern 1853 style muskets. The ancient wounds were focused mainly on its tail and hind legs- which implies that the old alligator may plausibly have acted as a target for Southern Rebel soldiers.
Additionally, the giant reptile also lived with the wounds of five further lesions from not one, not two, but three different caliber hunting rifles. Which demonstrates that the alligator had endured many scrapes and scuffles with firearms throughout its impressive lifespan. However, fat wasn’t on its side when it met with six .50-caliber bullets by recreational hunters from nearby Jackson.
This hard to believe reptile introduces a radical viewpoint of sizeable freshwater beasts native to United States’ southeast. Although, American varieties of alligator had already been known to have life spans of more than 50 years; they were even considered able to live as much as 80 years, yet this specific reptilian was authenticated to be as old 185 years when it died.
So far it is the first example of such an animal at this protracted age discovered; although reptiles such as turtles are widely known for maintaining life spans of well above 150 years. Plus in the United States, it’s one of the few largest alligators ever slain.