JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – The alligator killed for eating a dog in Jacksonville will one day appear at a local museum.
Onslow County will put the animal’s body on display at the Onslow County Environmental Education Center and Library on NC Highway 210 in Sneads Ferry.
The facility is still under construction and is expected to open by November or December.
The nearly 12,000 square foot facility will have one central exhibit, a walking trail outside, and an outdoor classroom, said Onslow County spokesperson Lisa Whitman-Grice.
The county hopes the alligator will teach visitors the importance of respecting an animal’s boundaries.
“If we see these animals and can learn from them, then that makes it all that more important to care for them,” said Whitman-Grice.
The alligator is now at a taxidermy office in Johnston County being stuffed, said Whitman-Grace, a process which could take 10 months to a year.
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