USA: Hunters Find Bullets from American Civil War in 185-Year Old Alligator’s Hide

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Vicksburg| A group of Mississippi hunters who shot and killed an alligator weighting 910 pounds (413 kilograms) on Sunday, were amazed when they discovered that the animal already bore injuries caused by musket ammunitions from the Civil War era. A total of 9 spherical projectiles was found, and the various tests and analysis realized on them have confirmed that they were indeed fired at the animal in the 19th Century.

Nine of the wounds on the animal are believed to have been caused by Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle-muskets. These old injuries were concentrated around the animals tail and hind legs, suggesting that the reptile could have possibly been used as a target for shooting practise by Confederate troops.

The huge animal also bore five other bullet wounds from three different calibers of hunting rifles, as well as many dents and scars, which shows that it survived many firearm injuries in the past. It did not however, survive the six .50-caliber bullets fired at him by the group of amateur hunters from Jackson, who were finally able to take it down.

The bullets were confirmed as authentic musket ammunitions from between 1850 and 1870.

The bullets were confirmed as authentic musket ammunitions from between 1850 and 1870.

This incredible animal specimen brings a whole new perspective on this large crocodilian reptile endemic to the southeastern United States. American alligators have been known for years to live well over 50 years and were thought capable of possibly living as long as 70 of 80 years, but this unique specimen was estimated to have been 185 years old at the time of its death.

Other reptiles like turtles, have been known to have lifespans of over 150 years, but it is the first specimen of crocodilian of such an old age ever found. It is also one of the biggest alligators ever killed in the United States. The heaviest ever recorded, weighing in at a staggering 1,011.5 lbs, was pulled out of a river in Alabama in August of this year.

 

16 Comments on "USA: Hunters Find Bullets from American Civil War in 185-Year Old Alligator’s Hide"

  1. go give it a kiss and tell me after how beautiful and “sweet” this animal is! I swear, some people just don’t get it… alligators are dangerous and vicious animals that could seriously harm and kill people. For me and my family, alligator hunting is a way of life and it has always been since our ancestors settled in the swamplands of Louisiana. My cousin, Troy Landry, happens to be a very famous alligator hunter and he doesn’t just do it for the sheer hell of it or for sport to just kill the animals, the meat is sold to feed people, the hide is used in the fashion industry for purses, belts, wallets, etc, and literally everything else has a use (i remember having a lucky gator foot instead of a rabbit’s foot as a kid). While you may think it is inhumane to kill these animals, how do you feel about the cattle and poultry that are slaughtered for sale in grocery stores?? do you find that justifiable because it is already dead when you buy it in the store??

    • They don’t get the need for population control for starters and how that could have a negative effect on an ecosystem. People saying so much could have been learned letting it live. Like a person is going to see one and know the age.

    • Actually, they are territorial animals, and not “vicious”. They will not chase and harm people for the hell out of it.

      Sure, they can be huge, and dangerous to people.

      And sure, hunting is all fine and well – and provides a lot of benefit.

      But when we don’t know a whole hell of a lot scientifically – a large specimen could be of great benefit.

    • MEAT IS MURDER!!!

    • Luckygunner264 | December 3, 2014 at 3:00 am |

      Actually, Sara, meat is pretty tasty lol

    • yea tell us something else totally ignorant. no way you can convince me these rednecks were not out killing for fun. and it’s not like the alligator was chasing them.

  2. Can I kill your mom for science? She looks pretty big and old. It’s pretty much the same thing as killing this giant alligator for science right?

    • Bunny huggers cannot be reasoned with. They grew up being brainwashed in their schools and universities and no longer understand hunting, logging, farming, WORKING HARD, and other things that made this country great. All they want now is for everyone not like them to die and all industry to cease to exist. They don’t even know that they’re pathetic losers.

    • PETA
      People
      Eating
      Tasty
      Animals.

  3. What assholes. Killing a 185 year old animal, and they actually look proud, so disgusting, typical rednecks, no respect for any life.

    • Hypocrite!!That is a typical loser comment. So now you want to change how people have lived since people first moved down south? Typical idiot you are.. Go pick up a nicely wrapped package of meat from your grocery store and allow those people to live has they have been doing. I will be sure to defend even you should those that attack your way of life come to hassle you.

    • totally agree. why couldn’t they just let it go on it’s way. 185 yrs. old–I have to wonder why they did this. rednecks for sure. duh–luk what i’s got.

  4. I guess people that are mad that someone shot a gator are vegan or maybe they only eat animals that commit suicide. lol.

    • it’s not so much the fact of killing an alligator–but why this one that is 185 yrs. old? not necessary–many others to kill if that’s what your in to.

  5. This gator would have never been discovered if he wasn’t harvested. He would have died of old age and been lost to science forever. The bayous and rivers are not very kind to dead things. We therefore would never have even known that alligators could live this long.

    • Zykra Cosmos | November 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm |

      You harvest a crop, you kill an animal. If it’s science you’re promoting, obviously the longevity experiment ended with these amateurs’ target practice.

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