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A 12-foot-long (3.7 meters) alligator weighing a lumbering 463 lbs. (210 kilograms) was lying on its back in the middle of a highway exit when trapper Broderick Vaughan showed up in the early morning of June 3.
Vaughan, there in his capacity as a contractor for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, said police patrol cars were parked on either side of the Interstate 10 exit in Tallahassee when he arrived, keeping traffic away from the massive creature. It had a large wound on the side of its head and snout, and police told Vaughan that the animal had been wandering in circles for a long time before he showed up. But by the time he got there, the reptile was still.
Alligators - Energy - Bursts - Vaughan - Charges
Alligators expend their energy in bursts, and Vaughan said it's typical for one of his charges to exhaust itself during the process of capture, then sit very still for hours. In this case, the injured creature was already exhausted when Vaughan slipped a snare around its neck and taped its mouth...
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