Mystery ‘half fish, half alligator’ creature found washed up on Welsh canal path – The Sun

A MYSTERY creature which appears to be half fish half alligator has left walkers stunned has been found on a canal path.

The two and a half foot beast features a long nose and razor sharp teeth and was found dead on the picturesque footpath.

It is believed to be an alligator gar – an aquatic animal usually found 4,800 miles away in southern parts of the USA.

The animals can grow up to 6ft in length and are often referred to as "living fossils" – because they haven't changed in millions of years.

Caroline Brown, 51, was walking her dog Risca, in south Wales, when she spotted the curious creature.

She said: "It was a really strange looking thing and it scared me at first as I didn't know if it was alive.

"I've never seen anything like it before and even my dog Molly didn't want to approach it.

"As I got closer I realised there was a smell coming from it and I knew it was definitely dead.

"I've got no idea how anything like that would turn up in these parts."

Alligator gars are not allowed to be kept as pets in the UK.

An RSPCA spokesman said: "These are very concerning images. RSPCA Cymru would welcome any information as to the validity of these photographs, which appear to show an alligator gar fish dumped on the side of the road.

“This is likely to have been a very distressing discovery for a member of the public to make; and we’d urge anyone with detail which may explain the circumstances behind this animal being dumped to contact us.

“There have been restrictions on the keeping of alligator gar fish in Wales for a number of years; and these would be very difficult animals to keep successfully as they can grow to be very large and their needs are the same as they would be in the wild.

"Sadly, we all too often see exotic pets abandoned when it hasn't been possible to meet their welfare needs."

Source: Read Full Article