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What was the largest alligator ever caught?

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As of 2014, the largest alligator ever caught was 15 feet long and weighed 1,011.5 pounds. The alligator was caught in August 2014 by Mandy Stokes and her family in a river near Camden, Ala. The previous record for largest alligator caught was set in 2007 with a 880-pound alligator.

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Stokes and her family had a five-hour fight with the alligator before Stokes shot the animal. Upon examination of the world-record alligator, a fully intact adult female deer was found in its stomach; researchers believe the alligator ate the deer in one piece, possibly as one of its last meals before Stokes and her family captured and killed it.

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