Had to be dispatched because of poor health. Well....maybe. Or maybe they all wanted some Gator nuggets. While I wasn’t there he didn’t look sick to me. He was old. Maybe he was just cold and lazy. Don’t most of us old timers know how he may have felt?
Don`t quote me on this, because I forgot where I heard it, but it seems like a gator gains about a foot a year till they get to about 7 or 8 feet, then their growth slows down. I know where an old bull is on Seminole that is right at 14 feet, and in 6 years, he hasn`t gained any length that I can tell.
I speck it would be safe to say that old feller above was 60 years old.