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A Family in Alabama Just Caught an Alligator That Is Over 1,000 Pounds

Alabama Alligator
A monster alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15-feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Ala. Sharon Steinmann—AP

That's a big gator

A family killed a 1,011.5-pound alligator in Alabama over the weekend—the biggest captured in the state’s history. At 15-feet-long, the gator broke the scale the first time biologists tried to weigh it at Roland Cooper State Park near Camden, Alabama.

The alligator caught by the Stokes and Jenkins families in Alabama may be the largest ever killed by humans. The Safari Club International says a 14-foot, 8-inch, 880-pound gator killed in Texas in 2007 currently holds the world record, but it is unclear what criteria they used to make that declaration, according to AL.com.

[AL.com]

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