VIDEO: World Record Alligator Brought Down, And You’ll Never Believe What Was Inside Him

VIDEO: World Record Alligator Brought Down, And You’ll Never Believe What Was Inside Him

You might have seen an episode or two of Swamp People, and if so you’d know that it’s a big deal to catch an alligator longer than 10 feet or weighing more than 500 pounds, and hauling a gator that big into the boat is a lot of hard work.

Consider this gator, though, which was 15 feet long and over 1,000 pounds. That’s story enough, but there’s more

the stokes gator

In August of 2014, the Stokes family from Camden, Alabama, inadvertently broke a world record by legally killing and then reeling in a gigantic 1,011.5-pound alligator.

When it came time to skin the gator, they found the fully intact carcass of an adult female deer inside it. But that’s not all. There were also two complete squirrel carcasses.

“What you had here was a big alligator that was warm and really cranked up and running efficiently,” Dr. Kent Vliet from the University of Florida told The Birmingham News. “Even though that deer would have provided enough energy for it to survive for two years, it just couldn’t pass up those squirrels.”

Alligators do not usually eat squirrels, but apparently this one had quite the appetite.

It took four hours to bring the Stokes gator in. And here’s a video of the process the taxidermist who mounted him and turned him into a conversation piece for the ages (it’s a little graphic, but highly informative as to how that process works)…

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