An alligator was seen swimming with a knife lodged in its head — but officials believe it’s probably not in pain

People are horrified.

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People are horrified.
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A recent alligator sighting has left a Texas community distressed. The alligator, according to Sugar Land, Texas, residents who saw it firsthand, said the animal was swimming in Pumpkin Lake with a knife lodged in its head, according to Click 2 Houston.

Now, people want to know how this happened.

“He kind of turned and came right towards me and he swam right over there, right along the rock here, and he sat here and there was actually a knife, it looked like a steak knife, sticking out of his head,” Erin Weaver told Click 2 Houston.

She later shared a photo of the animal to the Orchard Lakes Estates neighborhood Facebook page – and to her surprise, others chimed in saying that they had seen the animal, too.

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“Horrified that someone would ever do anything like that to an animal, there’s no cause for it,” Jennifer Griffin said.

She added: “I wanted to help him, but you know he is a wild animal, (with) me by myself, I didn’t want to do anything.”

Weaver told ABC 13 that she believes this wasn’t an accident.

“I feel that somebody did this on purpose,” she said. “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, who told ABC 13 that she has lived in the area for six years, said that she sees alligators often and has never known “them [to be] aggressive or even defensive, if you walk by and startle, them they just go under water.”

“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,” she said.

According to ABC 13, Weaver and her neighbors contacted Texas Parks and Wildlife, and officials are expected to come out on Monday.

According to the city of Sugar Land’s website, the animals are “naturally shy” and are most active in the area April through July.

In the meantime, Brazos Bend State Park Superintendent Chris Bishop told ABC 13 that the gator is likely not in pain and could live like this for some time.

Reassuring.