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


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.


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

  1. Wow… good on you losers for killing an amazing creature… Disgusting. Hope karma is a bitch!

    • Luckygunner264 | December 3, 2014 at 3:10 am |

      So what will Karma say about your comment? lol (ya know, name calling and such)

    • Y are you such a bitch kill the fuckers it’s a life style deal with it good on the table killers outta the water

  2. First of all this is no animal, it is a reptile. Animals give live birth, gators come from eggs. Any type of animal or reptile become useless in old age. They can neither hunt as they did before getting so old and become very dangerous to humans. Humans being an easy target for food. Killing this gator could have very easily saved a persons life, especially a kid or small child. I live in the south where people can’t enjoy the outdoors because of gators. They are very dangerous in certain situations. It is quite plain people don’t have a clue when they say it is a shame to kill something like this gator, killing it was a blessing.

    • Ummmm, sorry to bust this bubble…
      But, reptiles most certainly ARE animals under the taxonomic classification system that has been used by biologists for centuries.
      What you are thinking of is mammalian vs reptilian…

  3. Why kill it? Big brave hunters! I think not

    • A fucking animal that takes 6 shots with a .50 cal needed to die a rhino wouldn’t even take 6 shots by a .50 cal before it dropped

  4. I wonder how many innocent people it ate in the the last 185 years?

  5. totally tragic

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