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Vet takes giant hook out of Lowcountry gator's mouth

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An alligator found with a large hook in its mouth is doing fine Monday night.

Veterinarian Ben Parker said he received a call from Critter Management in Bluffton and immediately went to work.

He pulled the hook out, cleaned the wound and put the animal on antibiotics. He believes someone did this on purpose.

"The hook that we found in him is a large circle hook that looked like it was intentional," said Parker.

"It certainly could have been an accident, but it looked like somebody had a big piece of meat and was trying to reel him in. Fortunately, he got loose and we were able to get the hook out."

Parker said the gator is about 4 years old and will be released in a few days.

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