Florida Neighborhood Outraged After Finding Alligator with Mouth Taped Shut
Residents of a Florida neighborhood have been scratching their heads in confusion over the mystery of the “silenced alligator.” According to WFLA, an unfortunate alligator residing in Lumsden Reserve in Brandon, Florida has had its mouth taped shut since December, leaving many wondering how the reptile is surviving.
A resident shared photos of the alligator, calling the actions “unacceptable.” As of Tuesday, no one had captured the reptile.
The alligator should have been removed, but there was confusion. The delay was caused by two different permit requests from the public. Everyone thought someone else would handle it, but no one did.
Finally, a trapper was able to see the alligator on February 11th, but it disappeared from view anytime anyone came close to the water. On February 12th, a new permit was issued, and the agency planned to send a contracted nuisance alligator trapper to remove the alligator from the area. The alligator can finally get the relief it deserves.
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The question on everyone’s mind is, how is the alligator still surviving? They typically eat once a week. However, they can survive up to two to three years without ever taking a bite. It looks like this alligator has enough stored energy to keep it going for a while.
Let this be a lesson to all those trappers out there. If you’re going to remove an alligator, make sure you do it properly, so it doesn’t end up living in silence for months. And to the alligator in question, hang in there! Your time with the tape on your mouth is almost up!