May 14, 2021


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Abdomen of SC alligator held 5 canine collar tags, bobcat claws


The mysterious disappearance of five looking puppies was discovered when a hunter hauled a 12-foot alligator into one of South Carolina’s wild activity meat processing plants.

Cordray’s photo/Kenneth Cordray

The mysterious disappearance of numerous searching canine was solved Thursday when a hunter hauled a 12-foot alligator into a South Carolina wild activity meat plant.

Within the large reptile’s belly had been the undigested tags from five puppy collars, according to Cordray’s butcher shop in Ravenel, just west of Charleston.

Cordray’s team also found: “1 bullet jacket, 1 spark plug, loads of turtle shells, and a number of bobcat claws.”

“Two of the tags were legible and 1 phone range still labored,” the shop wrote on Fb. “The proprietor stated he experienced (hunted the exact same spot) 24 yrs ago and individuals were being from his deer pet dogs.”

The 445-pound alligator was killed on private land by hunter Ned McNeely, according to the butcher store. He not only wished the meat harvested, but he is also acquiring “a existence size mount” of the alligator designed by Cordray’s Taxidermy operation.

The gator was living alongside the Edisto River and it was harvested “at the behest of a landowner,” WCIV described.

“It definitely ate them (the dogs),” store co-owner Claudia Cordray informed McClatchy Information on Friday. “It was an previous animal, 50 to 70 decades old.”

“It doesn’t surprise me at all,” Cordray mentioned. Where we reside, tons of persons have stories about strolling their pet dogs on a golf course or in which at any time, and some thing grabs the pet.”

The shop’s Fb submit has been shared 22,000 occasions since Thursday, with a lot of people thinking what else the state’s alligators are secretly ingesting.

“Yep a whole lot of dogs are missing to gators in this article in the coastal parts,” a person person mentioned in reaction to the publish.

“It’s nuts to me that among all the other wildlife we have, there are these massive predatory dinosaurs essentially continue to lurking in all of our waters,” a further posted. “They are a spectacular beast.”

“I guess that gator puzzled why he often had a heartburn,” a girl wrote.

Inside of the gator’s tummy were being tags from 5 pet collars, Cordray’s meat processing shop reported. The plant is just west of Charleston, in Ravenel. Kenneth Cordray photograph

Cordray’s handles just about 100 alligators a year at an procedure that turns wild match into sausage or jerky. It also provides taxidermy solutions and will renovate your alligator into anything at all from a complete-human body wall mount to a “leg” lamp.

“We generally really do not go into the abdomen,” Cordray reported. “That’s due to the fact we as soon as went into the tummy of a large one particular yrs in the past, and there was a really rotten 3-foot gar within. It smelled so negative that every just one experienced to depart.”

South Carolina’s alligators commonly develop to 13 feet and reside extra than 60 decades, in accordance to the S.C. Office of Organic Sources. The biggest American alligator on file was 19 feet, 3 inches, caught in Louisiana, according to the Point out Library and Archives of Florida.

Cordray’s is operate by Claudia and Michael Cordray, and their son, Kenneth, handles the taxidermy. The greatest South Carolina gator ever introduced into the store was 13 ft, 9 inches. “The heaviest was more than 800 lbs . and was lacking part of his tail, so we are not positive how extended he actually was,” Claudia Cordray claimed.

The state’s alligator hunting season ended in October, but the elimination of the massive gator was permitted due to the fact it was on non-public land, Cordray said.

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Mark Rate has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer due to the fact 1991, covering beats together with universities, criminal offense, immigration, LGBTQ troubles, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and artwork background, and a minimal in geology.