Two hunters in Florida killed what might be the largest alligator on record in the state’s history and, as you’d imagine, the monster gator is legitimately stuff of nightmares. Florida is basically Russia of the United States, so whenever something happens there that legitimately shocks you, you know it’s truly horrifying.
Lee Lightsey, the owner of Outwest Farms in Okeechobee, and hunting guide, Blake Godwin, discovered the monster alligator in one their cattle ponds while on a guided hunt on April 2. They believe the gator had been feasting on the farm’s cattle.
“We also discovered the remains what we determined to be cattle in the water. We determined that he was in fact attacking our livestock as they came to drink,” Godwin said. They spotted the gator Saturday as it surfaced about 20 feet in front of them and Lightsey shot it, Godwin said.
The gator measured just under 15 feet and weighed in at over 800 pounds. He was so big, they had to use a large farm tractor to pull it from the water, Godwin said.
I’m not a farmer, but it would be just a little bit unsettling to know your cattle are going missing. It has to be even more unsettling when you pull this thing out of the water and find out why.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission‘s current state record for length is 14 foot 3-1/2 inches, so there remains the possibility that this gator could be the longest ever recorded in the state. Record-breaking or not, this monster is as good a reason to never go to Florida, never go near water, or just never leave your house.
(Via Fox 13)