Hunter opens monster 13ft alligator’s stomach and finds 5,000-year-old artefact

A hunter was stunned by what he found inside a monster 13ft alligator after slicing open its body.

Shane Smith found an ancient arrowhead and plummet after he dissected the stomach of the 52st animal that had been brought to him for processing by fellow hunter John Hamilton.

At first, Shane thought the monster could have eaten an arrow that was shot at it – but a Mississippi state geologist studied the snaps and found the objects were between 5,000 and 6,000 years old and likely just laying on the ground, reports AL.

Shane’s processing plant, Red Antler Processing, wrote on Facebook: “We have been cutting into a few big gators to see what was in their stomach.

“Everyone so far has had something cool in it.

“The 13ft 5in gator brought in by John Hamilton today, produced the shock of the year!”

Historians say the broken arrowhead and plummet are types of fishing weights used by Native Americans during the Archaic Period.

Alongside the ancient findings, the stomach was home to fish bones, feathers, balls of hair and stinky bile liquid.

"At first, I thought 'I'm not posting this on Facebook,' because no one will believe it," Shane told the Mississippi Clarion Ledger.

But he soon changed his mind and realised that the find was "too cool not to post."

He continued: “We joked about it and said I'm probably the only person on Earth to pull an arrowhead out of an alligator's stomach.”

Shane reckons the animal ate the objects to try and aid digestion, as stones can break up hard bits – like bone – in the alligators belly.

But it isn’t the only odd finding hunters in America have discovered inside the swamp-beast.

Earlier this year, a different processing plant found five undigested dog collars inside an alligator, alongside a spark plug and several turtle shells.

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