Massive alligator found swimming in river with huge knife in its skull

A huge alligator shocked locals after they saw a huge knife jutting out of its head.

After a social media post went viral in the United States showing the poor creature with the weapon stuck in its skull, an investigation was launched by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

After a two-day-long search, the gator was located in a pond behind a Subway restaurant in Deltona, Florida.

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Sadly, when it was found, there were not many options available to the team.

Short of leaving the knife there forever, they were forced to euthanise the beast in order to put it out of its misery.

It is thought that the person who stabbed the alligator is known, but has not yet been named by officials.

It is actually against the law in the state of Florida to kill or injure and alligator in any way, and could result in up to two years in jail.

According to Clike2Orlando: “It’s only legal to hunt alligators in Florida if a permit is obtained, though the demand for permits is always greater than the number given out.

“Hunting the animal is also extremely regulated and restricted to certain dates.”

It is possible to claim self defence against the alligator, but only in rare circumstances.

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On average, in the United States, there have been 376 alligator attacks between 1948-2004, with an average of 6.7 per year.

Stats are not actually recorded by all states, so no up-to-date figures are available.

Officer Jorge Pino of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said: “Crocodiles are most active at dawn and dusk, they’re looking for food, and this one would have interpreted what was in the water as food.

“It’s common sense never to swim where you know there are crocodiles and alligators.”

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