More than 100 items found in belly of SC gator

Trappers: 13-foot alligator 'could easily snatch a dog, small child'

Published On: May 25 2012 10:40:52 AM EDT   Updated On: May 29 2012 08:44:01 AM EDT
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Alligator trappers in Hilton Head Island, S.C., said they found some interesting things when they cut open the stomach of a 13-foot nuisance gator they caught in the area -- some sports balls and a smaller gator were among its previous meals.

Mark Carinus, who works for the pest control company Critter Management, said the alligator was caught at an area park, and inside its stomach the trappers found 53 fishing lures, a half-pound of metal sinkers, two baseballs, one tennis ball and two other balls -- that were unidentifiable because they had been partially digested -- as well as a 4-foot gator, the Island Packet reported.

According to the publication, some of the gator's other meals included two turtles, a beer can and 48 rocks.

"People don't understand that this gator could not be relocated," Carinus told the newspaper. "It would eat any smaller gator. It snapped up the soccer ball at the water's edge, and it could easily snatch a dog or a small child."

Carinus said the gator ate just about anything that crossed its path.

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