Have you heard about the group of Mississippi hunters who shot and killed and alligator weighing 910 pounds that was reported to be 185 years old. The story goes that a total of nine (9) musket rifle wounds were found in the huge beast. Several of the 19th. century balls were extracted and analysis on them determined they were fired into the reptile in the mid 1800’s!
American alligators have been known to live 50 years or more, and some believe 75-80 years is possible. This unique specimen was estimated to have been 185 years old at the time of its death. Turtles are known to have lifespans of over 150 years, but this is the first alligator ever found to be so old!
This story sounds almost to mind-boggling to be true, but it’s plastered all over the internet, so it has to be athentic, right? I mean there’s pictures of the four hunters that killed the massive beast, and also a picture of a man holding one of the 185 year old musket balls. What more proof do you need about the “truth” of an unbelievable story?
In doing just a small amount of research on this story I find that it is completely false. Of course there are elements that are true, but the facts are joined with fiction, and a “legend” is born! There were four hunters that killed a very large alligator in Mississippi, but it was closer to 700 pounds not 910! The picture of a man holding a musket ball had nothing to do with the 185 year old alligator story. The 9 old wounds was totally fabricated, as part of a sensationalized story put forth by a magazine that specializes in this kind of head line grabbing news. Nothing but a “spoof” if you will.
The old addage “If it sounds to good to be true, but is on the Internet then it has to be true,” is not always the case. You may find that the internet sometimes has it’s own version of the “TRUTH!” Reader beware!