It's Official: Alabama Family Caught Largest Alligator on Record

By the Associated Press | August 29, 2014 | 5:05 PM EDT

Mandy and John Stokes (right) and Mandy's brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins and his children Savannah and Parker caught the largest alligator on record. (AP Photo/Sharon Steinmann)

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

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.

(AP Photo/Sharon Steinmann)

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


1K-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record