This has to be one of the most bizarre 911 calls ever.
Erin Means Weaver was taking her routine morning walk near Pumpkin Lake in her gated community in Sugar Land, Texas on Thursday morning when she saw an alligator. It’s not an irregular occurrence, but as it swam closer, she noticed something was off.
A knife appeared to be lodged in the gator’s skull.
“He was swimming and turned and came right towards me and there definitely was a knife stuck in his head,” she told USA TODAY. “If it’s not in his right eye it’s right beside his right eye.”
The night before, Weaver said, her neighbor had posted a photo of an alligator with what looked like something lodged in its head, but the object was unclear due to the distance.
The alligator, she said, remained calm and just lay in the water along the rocks as she took photographs.
“There have been alligators in this lake since I lived here, for the last six years,” said Weaver. “I’ve never had an issue with one of the alligators. They just leave you alone.”
Based on what Weaver learned from experts atGator Country, an alligator adventure park and sanctuary in Beaumont, Texas, and others, Weaver is concerned that the knife was not used in self defense given the amount of force needed to penetrate the thick skin of the alligator.
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Luckily, the gator does not seem to be suffering and was swimming as usual when Weaver spotted him. “He didn’t make any noises or seem like he was in any pain, didn’t see any blood on him, seemed to be swimming okay,” she said.
Weaver said she has looked to organizations in Texas to help the animal.
Callie Saurage, manager at Gator Country, told USA TODAY that, right now, their hands are tied. In order to fully help Weaver, they need clearance from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department spokesperson, Steve Lightfoot, said this is because capturing a gator requires special permission.
Once they have that number, they can remove the gator from the community. “It will come back to Gator Country,” Saurauge said. From there it will live out the rest of its days in the sanctuary.
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