Mr. Stubbs is 11 years old, 7-feet long, and sports a fancy new tail.
The American alligator, who lives at the Phoenix Herpetological Society in Arizona, had his tail ripped off by the larger, aggressive alligators he shared a pen with in 2005.
He was rescued from the back of a truck along with 32 other illegally held alligators and taken to the sanctuary.
Without a tail, Mr. Stubbs struggled to swim and lacked basic survival skills.
"We put him in deep water and he would roll over and capsize like a boat," Russ Johnson, president of Phoenix Herpetological Society told ABC News. "When competition for food came, all the other alligators would win. He’d be the last to the chow line."
To dramatically improve theRead More »from ‘Mr. Stubbs’ the alligator gets fancy new tail