Texas residents are angry and upset after an alligator was spotted swimming in a pond with a large knife embedded in its head.
The gator was seen inside Orchard Lakes Estates in Fort Bend County, an area known for its normally peaceful alligator-human relations.
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"I saw him swimming and then I saw him turn, like swimming towards me, and I saw something sticking out of his head," local resident Erin Weaver told ABC13.
"It looked like a steak knife that was sticking out of his head, I don't know if it was in his eye, but it looked, if it wasn't in his eye it was very close to his eye."
Her photos of the gator have since gone viral online, sparking concern for the injured reptile and disgust for whoever attacked it.
"I can't imagine this animal going after somebody that they would have to defend themselves, because we've never had that happen before," Weaver told ABC13.
"If you walk by and startle them, they just go underwater."
Local residents are hoping to find the creature and give it treatment.
"I want to get help for this alligator, I don't want to see an alligator swimming around with a knife in his head and suffering," Weaver says.
A Texas wildlife agency is expected to visit the gator next week to see if it can be helped. Brazos Bend State Park attendant Chris Bishop told KRTK the gator is not in pain, and could survive with the knife stuck in its head for quite some time.