Thursday, 14 March 2013

Alligator Nabs New Prosthetic Tail

Marc Lallanilla, Assistant Editor
Date: 11 March 2013 Time: 12:2

An alligator stuck with the ungainly name "Mister Stubbs" may need a new moniker now that his stump of a tail has been fitted with a lifelike prosthetic.

The alligator, which lost his tail as a youth after a run-in with another gator, was brought to the Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) in 2005 after he and 31 other alligators were discovered by police as part of an illegal shipment of exotic animals, the Arizona Republic reports.

Inspired in part by the film "Dolphin Tale," in which a dolphin is given an artificial tail, a team of experts dove into the task of discovering the type of tail a gator would need. No one had previously researched the center of gravity, weight or buoyancy of an alligator tail.

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