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12-foot NC alligator that ate husky on display at museum

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ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. – A 12-foot-long alligator that ate an 80-pound husky last year in Jacksonville is now on display in an Onslow County museum. reported that the stuffed alligator is part of the “Discover Onslow” exhibit at the Onslow County Environmental Education Center and Sneads Ferry Branch Library.

The alligator reportedly ate a military family’s dog named Simba in July of last year. Officials said Simba was playing fetch and was attacked after going to a creek to get a drink.

Jacksonville police shot and killed the alligator because of his aggressiveness. Officials said the alligator may have mistaken the dog for a large duck, as ducks frequent the area.

A taxidermist in Smithfield reportedly molded and prepared the alligator for display. Onslow County museum officials said they wanted to preserve the alligator for educational purposes.

The exhibit opens Saturday at 1330 Highway 210 in Sneads Ferry and is open until 3 p.m.

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  • FaithC

    The alligator may have mistaken the dog for a large duck? Uh no imbecile, the are carnivores. Carnivores eat meat. Simba was made of meat. Alligator ate meat. Not rocket science.

  • marcia tessier

    Jacksonville police should not have shot that alligator for it being hungry! I am very sorry for Simba the dog, but the alligator was hungry and 80lb dog would be just a snack for it. It should be in a zoo for people to learn about not in a museum. it did not look all that threatening hanging from that tree in the picture that it needed to die to me anyway. those officers picked the easy way out and to me thats wrong. The alligator had just as much right to life as the officers who took its life. man kills what it doesnt understand.

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