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April 29, 2022

Plumbers Used Alligators to Open Clogged Pipes, 1938

Alligators kept as specimens at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries aquarium in Washington, D.C, were being tried out as plumber’s assistants to open up clogged pipes in 1938. Placed in a length of pipe that was stopped up with silt and sediment, the reptile dug his way through, opening up a small hole which water later would widen by its pressure as it swept through.

An aquarium official shows how gators clean pipes.




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