Neighbors concerned about alligator seen with knife stuck in head

FILE PHOTO: Residents in a Texas neighborhood are looking for answers after finding a large alligator with a knife sticking out of its head. (Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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FILE PHOTO: Residents in a Texas neighborhood are looking for answers after finding a large alligator with a knife sticking out of its head. (Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Residents are looking for answers after finding a large alligator with a knife sticking out of its head.

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"I saw him swimming and then I saw him turn, like, swimming towards me, and I saw something sticking out of his head," Orchard Lake Estates resident Erin Weaver told KTRK. "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 -- if it wasn't in his eye, it was very close to his eye."

Texas Parks and Wildlife officials are expected to inspect the reptile Monday, KTRK reported.

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