A 13-foot alligator captured this week in a park pond on South Carolina's Hilton Head Island must have been suffering from a severe case of indigestion.
Inside the gator's stomach were a soccer ball, 53 fishing lures, several lead sinkers, two baseballs, a tennis ball and two other balls that were partially digested and impossible to identify.
That's just the sports equipment. There also was a smaller alligator, two turtles, a beer can and 48 rocks.
The gator was killed because it had "snapped up the soccer ball at the water's edge and could easily snatch a dog or a small child," Mark Carinus, a trapper with Critter Management, explained to the Island Packet.
Carinus added that the large reptile could not be relocated because of its propensity to eat other gators.
-- Thanks to The Outdoor Pressroom for the story tip