A roughly 13-foot, 700-pound alligator was present in an irrigation ditch, officers with the Georgia Division of Pure Sources stated this week.
The huge reptile was discovered within the ditch close to Lake Blackshear, Melissa Cummings, a spokeswoman for the Georgia DNR, instructed First Coast Information.
“It’s a testomony to Georgia’s alligator-management program that alligators can develop to this measurement,” she stated. “The one approach these animals get this massive is by avoiding people.”
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The animal’s measurement apparently led many who noticed its image on social media to assume the picture was a “hoax.” However Brent Howze, the wildlife biologist who’s seen crouching behind the reptile within the photograph, stated it was not.
“Apparently lots of people assume it’s faux, however I can guarantee you that it isn’t,” he instructed the Cordele Dispatch. “I’m the one within the image, and you’ll most likely inform that I didn’t get too near it.”
“The one approach these animals get this massive is by avoiding people.”
Howze stated he reported to the world the place the gator was situated after an area Sumter County resident noticed it within the ditch on Monday morning.
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“It took some time to get it out of that ditch. It was larger than we initially anticipated, and we had to make use of heavy tools to maneuver it,” Howze instructed the newspaper.
Sadly, the gator was ill and reportedly had previous gunshot wounds on its physique, First Coast Information reported. It was in the end euthanized.
A spokesperson for the Georgia DNR didn’t instantly return Fox Information’ request for extra remark Saturday.