Alabama family catches record-breaking alligator

Alabama family catches record-breaking alligator

Credit: Sharon Steinmann/AL.com / ABC News

A monster alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15 feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Ala. on Aug. 16, 2014.

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by ABC News

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 17 at 8:16 PM

(ABC News) --  A mammoth alligator is breaking records in Alabama.

Five members of the Stokes family caught this monster alligator Saturday in Thomaston, Alabama.

It took them 10 hours to wrangle the mammoth beast.

Biologists at Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries easily measured the alligator at 15 feet, but weighing it was a big more tricky.

The alligator was so large it destroyed the winch used to lift average-sized alligators.

Eventually, a biologist had to use a backhoe to lift the alligator onto the scale.

It weighed in at 1,011.5 pounds, making the gator the largest ever killed in Alabama.

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