Alligator Spotted in Texas Swimming With Large Knife Stuck in Its Head: 'I Feel That Somebody Did This on Purpose'

Residents of a picturesque Texas neighborhood were left shocked this week after spotting an alligator swimming in a lake with a large knife poking from its head.

Erin Weaver was on an early morning walk yesterday in the Orchard Lakes Estates, Sugar Land, when she encountered the animal on some rocks, KPRC-TV reported. Weaver, who has lived in the area for six years, snapped some pictures of the alligator using her cell phone.

"I saw him turn and come swimming towards me," she told ABC13. "I saw something sticking out of his head. 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 [like] if it wasn't in his eye it was very close to his eye."

According to its website, the neighborhood is situated between two Fort Bend County lakes and adjoins the 750-acre Cullinan Park, which is home to birds, insects and alligators.

Weaver said after she shared her pictures in a Facebook group it emerged that other residents had spotted the stabbed animal in recent days. The community is now eager to help.

"Never have I seen them [the alligators] aggressive or even defensive, I mean if you walk by and startle them they just go underwater," Weaver told ABC13.

"I feel that somebody did this on purpose. I can't imagine this animal going after somebody that they would have to defend themselves, because we've never had that happen before."

She continued: "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. To get a knife in there, someone had to really have thrown it hard or stabbed this poor thing." It remains unknown who stabbed the animal.

Local media outlets reported that the Texas Parks and Wildlife confirmed a game warden will inspect Orchard Lakes Estates next Monday in an attempt to locate the alligator.

The wildlife agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Erin Weaver was on an early morning walk this week in the Orchard Lakes Estates, Sugar Land, when she encountered the alligator on some rocks. Erin Weaver/ABC13

Another resident, Jennifer Griffin, told KPRC-TV the alligators swimming in the lakes are not typically a cause for concern She expressed shock at the stabbing: "[I'm] horrified that someone would ever do anything like that to an animal, there's no cause for it."

Sugar Land city's website says that alligators remain an "integral component of freshwater ecosystems" and state law bans the killing, harassing or possession of alligators.

It explains: "Alligators naturally shy away from humans and prefer isolated areas away from people. In the spring and summer, alligators are moving to breed and find new habitat.

"Most of the alligators seen moving around are the smaller ones that have been pushed out of their normal habitat by larger alligators. Usually, these smaller alligators will move further on in a week or two. Our most active months are April through July."

Chris Bishop, the superintendent of Brazos Bend State Park in Fort Bend County, told ABC13 that alligators are "very resilient" animals and could likely survive such a knife attack for some time.