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An alligator was euthanized after being found with a knife in its head

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An alligator trapper captured the injured gator July 1 in a pond in Deltona, Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee instructed CNN in a press release. A number of passersby had shared images to social media of the animal swimming behind a Subway retailer, according to CNN affiliate WESH. The images present the knife apparently lodged within the animal’s head, and visual from above the floor of the water because it swam.

The 4-foot-9 reptile was humanely euthanized due to the damage, stated the fee.

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It is not clear how the gator ended up with a knife in its head, however the fee is investigating the incident. It’s unlawful to deliberately injure or kill an alligator in Florida below state Statute 379.409.

The Sunshine State is residence to round 1.3 million gators — however severe accidents to people attributable to the reptiles are uncommon, says the fee. It urged involved residents to name the Nuisance Alligator Hotline in the event that they’re fearful a few native gator and to contact the Wildlife Alert Hotline (1-888-404-FWCC) with nameless ideas in the event that they know concerning the Deltona stabbing.

In 2019, Texas residents sought assist after they saw an alligator with what looked like a steak knife protruding of its head.