Hunters find bullets from American civil war in 185-year old alligator’s hide

Vicksburg| A group of Mississippi hunters who shot and killed an alligator weighting 910 pounds (413 kilograms) on Sunday, were amazed when they discovered that the animal already bore injuries caused by musket ammunitions from the Civil War era. A total of 9 spherical projectiles was found, and the various tests and analysis realized on them have confirmed that they were indeed fired at the animal in the 19th Century.

Nine of the wounds on the animal are believed to have been caused by Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle-muskets. These old injuries were concentrated around the animals tail and hind legs, suggesting that the reptile could have possibly been used as a target for shooting practise by Confederate troops.

The huge animal also bore five other bullet wounds from three different calibers of hunting rifles, as well as many dents and scars, which shows that it survived many firearm injuries in the past. It did not however, survive the six .50-caliber bullets fired at him by the group of amateur hunters from Jackson, who were finally able to take it down.

This incredible animal specimen brings a whole new perspective on this large crocodilian reptile endemic to the southeastern United States. American alligators have been known for years to live well over 50 years and were thought capable of possibly living as long as 70 of 80 years, but this unique specimen was estimated to have been 185 years old at the time of its death.

Other reptiles like turtles, have been known to have lifespans of over 150 years, but it is the first specimen of crocodilian of such an old age ever found. It is also one of the biggest alligators ever killed in the United States. The heaviest ever recorded, weighing in at a staggering 1,011.5 lbs, was pulled out of a river in Alabama in August of this year.

11 thoughts on “Hunters find bullets from American civil war in 185-year old alligator’s hide”

  1. How could they sure that it was confederate soldiers that shot at the gator, the Union also used the Enfield 1853.

    1. One of the guys (or someone they know) probably owned an Enfield 1853 gun and “planted” the bullets after they killed it. It does not prove the gator was 185 years old.

    2. This sickens me, these are some really bad ass men killing something that old for what, why don’t they take there killing ability travel to Afghanistan and hunt something that shoots back. they are no different then the Taliban posing for a picture holding the head of an incident victim.

  2. I’m not sure what the circumstances were behind the killing of it but I’m assuming that it was probably jeopardizing the safety and our welfare of people swimming in the river

  3. so it was shot from an old gun, was it shot recently by an owner of an old gun or by the Civil War?

  4. LOL… Got to love the “don’t kill it crowd” I’m quite certain this animal was harvested during a legal hunting/management season. Seriously guys.. step away from the keyboard and run and grab yourself another hamburger or steak?

  5. There’s a reason hunting alligators is called “fishing”, because this is one helluva whopping fish story.

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