Mar 10, 2013 3:09 PM by Associated Press

Prosthetic tail made for alligator in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - A nonprofit group and others in Arizona have worked to make a prosthetic tail for a 7-foot-long alligator that had its tail bitten off.

The Arizona Republic reports ( that the alligator known as Mr. Stubbs was one of 32 alligators confiscated from the back of a truck pulled over near Casa Grande in 2005.

The alligator's tail is believed to have been bitten off by another alligator.

The alligator was given to the Phoenix Herpetological Society and now sports a 3-foot-long prosthetic tail attached with nylon straps.

It will take months, however, before Mr. Stubbs learns how to properly use the tail. For now, handlers are happy with smaller milestones, such as not trying to bite his tail.


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