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Arizona alligator named 'Mr. Stubbs' gets prosthetic tail

Posted: 8:08 AM, Jul 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-10 14:08:21Z

An alligator nicknamed 'Mr. Stubbs' has an interesting "tale" about his interesting tail.

He came to an Arizona rehabilitation center without a tail and has lived there without it for several years. Vets believe he likely lost it to the bite of another gator.

Losing a tail can be difficult and potentially dangerous for alligators. They need it to swim and help them stay afloat.

With the help from a group of researchers and doctors, Mr. Stubbs can swim again because of a new prosthetic tail. It took more than a year to develop.

Mr. Stubbs currently lives at the Phoenix Herpetological Society.