There is a Texan alligator swimming around with a knife in its head.
The very bizarre sight was spotted by at least two witnesses in and around Pumpkin Lake in Sugar Land, Texas.
Although swimming with a knife lodged in its skull, the gator doesn’t appear to be suffering. But still… it’s an alligator with a knife in its head.
One witness, Erin Weaver, was taking her daily morning walk near Pumpkin Lake when she saw the animal.
“I saw him swimming and then I saw him turn, like swimming towards me, and I saw something sticking out of his head,” reported Weaver told .
“It looked like a steak knife that was sticking out of his head, I don’t know if it was in his eye, but it looked, if it wasn’t in his eye it was very close to his eye.“
Be this alligator. Knife in your head? Who gives a fuck. Keep swimming. You got birds to eat. https://t.co/KiPJt1tabx
— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) June 15, 2019
She says gators are not an unusual sight in the area but she’s never seen them act aggressively. It makes her think this attack was carried out intentionally and not as an act of self-defense.
“I feel that somebody did this on purpose,” she said.
“I can’t imagine this animal going after somebody that they would have to defend themselves, because we’ve never had that happen before.“
Others in the community have also raised concerns over the welfare of the alligator.
How did this alligator survive this knife mystery?
How an alligator ended up with a knife stuck in its head is a mystery unlikely to be solved any time soon. But how it survived a knife stuck in its head might be an easier one to explain.
Gator skin is covered in bony deposits called osteoderms that provide them with a body armor of sorts. Alligator skulls are also incredibly robust, leaving just a “very small target” to cause any serious harm. If missed, the object will get stuck in the skull without hitting the brain. Antibiotic properties in the blood will then accelerate the healing process, turning what could be a severe wound into something less serious.
This unlucky Texan alligator swimming with a knife in its head was first spotted on Friday. Depending on its injuries, officials will consider taking the reptile for observation.