Sugar Land resident Erin Weaver, who lives at Orchard Lakes Estates, is used to seeing alligators at her neighborhood lake.
On Thursday, however, something unusual caught her eye: A gator with a large protruding item in its head.
“I stopped and was watching it when it turned and swam towards me,” Weaver told Chron.com.
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“It came up to the edge of the water and sat there. It had what looked like a steak knife sticking out of its head, near its right eye.”
Weaver said the gator, which she estimates was 6- to 7- feet-long, showed no aggression and she felt comfortable moving closer to the animal to asses the situation and take photos.
“Someone had to get up close to the gator in order to stab a knife through its thick skin,” she said. “I don’t understand why someone would be so cruel.”
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Weaver posted her photos to her community’s Facebook page for assistance. Hopefully, help is on the way.
A Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden is expected to evaluate the alligator on Friday, she said.
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