Alligators have been practically unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs, and there’s a reason: They survive a long time and there aren’t many animals able to prey on them.
Thankfully, humans are earth’s apex predator, which is why the state of South Carolina allows the euthanizing of “nuisance alligators” outside of hunting season. That’s how, according to WCIV-TV, a massive 12-foot-long, 445-pound alligator ended up being bagged in Charleston County.
What was freakier than the alligator’s size, however, was what was in the belly of the beast.
According to a Thursday Facebook post from Cordray’s, a meat market that also butchers some unusual game, five dog tags were found in the stomach, including one verified to be decades old. Two were still able to be read in spite of the stomach acid.
They were even able to contact one of the dog owners, who said he had a lease near