Something Big is Eating Feral Hogs & Hawking Up Hairballs
By Dave Edwards
Knowing the source of the second hairball, I did a little research and found that bezoars are common in crocodilians. The digestive enzymes in an alligator’s stomach are particularly strong, and most bones and flesh are rapidly digested. On the other hand, hair and other keratinous substances like hooves and turtle shells are broken down very slowly. Hair sometimes accumulates in balls in the stomach and may later be regurgitated. The one Jody found near the wetland must have been regurgitated by an alligator.
One of the things I love most about being a wildlife biologist and getting to spend so much time in the woods is that nature is fascinating. It never stops amazing me, and there’s always more to learn. You must admit that a feral-hog hairball from an alligator’s stomach is a unique addition to anyone’s …Read the Rest