Massive Alligator Found Dead in New Orleans Dumpster

Residents were shocked when they discovered a massive dead alligator in a dumpster down a quiet street in New Orleans.

The reptile was found on the street corner of Perrier and Upperline by local residents on Wednesday, WGNO reported, among damage wrought by Hurricane Ida and garbage bags piling up as a result of the streets being neglected during the disaster.

"There's a gator in the garbage," Naomi Gadinsky, who lives on Perrier Street, told WGNO.

"This morning I woke up and it was business as usual, then my husband said there's a large dead gator in the dumpster across the street from our house," Gadinsky added.

She has no idea how the gator got in the garbage, but would like it removed.

"To me it seems hazardous," she said. "I would hate for someone's kid to get sick or someone's dog to start eating the dead tail."

Alexis Elliott also feels it's time to say see you later, alligator.

"I think it should be removed from the dumpster," she told the news channel. "It is attracting a lot of bugs.

"I never thought there would be a gator in an Uptown dumpster. Only in New Orleans," Elliott added.

Demo Diva is the company who rented the dumpster. Company owner Simone Bruni said they were unaware of the reptile, but it will be taken to a landfill with all the other garbage from the dumpster.

The alligator may have been hunted before being discarded in the dumpster. Hunting alligators has been legal for more than 200 years in Louisiana. The hunter must have an alligator hunter's license or has a helper license to be able to hunt legally.

There are more than 2,000 licensed alligator hunters that harvest 30,000 to 35,000 wild alligators annually in Louisiana, according to Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries. The reptiles are harvested for their skins which are to make boots, shoes, belts, and saddles, and in years past their oil was used to grease steam engines and cotton mills. Alligator meat is also considered a delicacy.

A similar sighting of an unusual dead animal stunned people in Pennsylvania at the end of August — when a taxidermized rhinoceros head was found on a street corner in Aspinwall, part of the metro Pittsburgh area.

Police believe that the head is more than 50 years old and were in contact with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for information on the legalities of having possession of the item.

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