Pet owners describe attack as "death roll"

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 09:47 PM.
“(The) county is going to be able to be permitted to have the body processed,” said Lisa Whitman-Grice, Museum Division Head for Onslow County. “We're going to send the body to a taxidermist, and it's going to be used in the Environmental Education Center and Library in Sneads Ferry.”
The alligator was transferred Wednesday afternoon to Eastern Carolina Taxidermy, which also is processing a black bear that will be in the education center, Whitman-Grice said. The bear was hit by a vehicle several months ago. Both will be part of a display to show the native flora and fauna to Onslow County, she said.
Shaw said the gator was most likely male about 40 years old. He added alligators in North Carolina rarely grow longer than 12 feet.
The decision to kill the animal was based on its size and its recent aggressive behavior, Shaw said.

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