A trio of Mississippi huntsmen found something strange in the tail of the massive Gator they had just killed. Small metal pellets that appeared to be musket balls were lodged deep under scar tissue near the animal’s tail.
They sent the metal objects off for testing and researchers determined that not only were they musket balls, they were fired over 150 years ago. A series of tests confirmed that the ammunition was authentic and likely fired from an Enfield pattern 1853 rifle-musket by Confederate troops near the start of the American Civil War.
Scientists examined the gator and determined it’s age to be roughly 185-years-old, an unprecedented discovery.