A 12-foot-long alligator that ate a pet husky in July last year has made his way back into Onslow County -- only this time, he's on display at a local museum.
The alligator is part of the "Discover Onslow" exhibit at the Onslow County Environmental Education Center and Sneads Ferry Branch Library. The grand opening for this museum is Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. It's located at 1330 Highway 210, Sneads Ferry.
A little background on the alligator:
He's 12' 2", 540 lbs. and about 50 years old.
In July 2013, the alligator ate a military family's dog, Simba. Simba was playing fetch and went to get a drink of water from the creek along Henderson Drive. That's when the alligator attacked.
Law enforcement officials had to put down the alligator, because of his aggressiveness. He was deemed a nuisance and danger to area residents.
Onslow County museum officials wanted to preserve the alligator and use it for educational purposes. They sent the gator to a taxidermist in Smithfield to have it molded and prepared for display.
The exhibit also features other wildlife in the Onslow County area, including bobcats, coyotes, bears, beavers, foxes and even venus fly traps.
Saturday's event is free and open to the public.