Half-ton alligator caught in Alabama sets world record

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) — A gigantic alligator caught by a family in Alabama earlier this month has set a Safari Club International world record.

AL.com reports a pair of master measurers from Safari Club International examined the 1,000-pound alligator on Friday, determining a total length of 15 feet, 9 inches.

That's 13 inches longer than the organization's previous world record American alligator, which had been killed in Texas.

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The Alabama alligator was caught by the Stokes family after battling with it for more than five hours. It was hooked in a creek about 80 miles west of Montgomery.

The first attempt to weigh the gator destroyed a winch state biologists typically use, so they had a backhoe lift it.

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