A massive alligator found in southwest Georgia last weekend stirred some speculation whether it was real or not.
According to CBS News, Brent Howze, a Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the gator was in fact, real. Howze says a farmer found the alligator in an irrigation ditch. He expected the animal to be 10 or 11 feet long, but was shocked by its size when he arrived with two other wildlife technicians.
According to Howze, the alligator was 13 feet 4 inches long, with an estimated weight of around 700-750 pounds.
The gator was found in Lake Blackshear on the Flint River in Georgia. It was rescued after being stuck in the ditch for almost a week, "which is very unusual behavior for an alligator," Howze said.
Howze found several previous injuries, including what appeared to be old gunshot wounds, on the alligator. Due to his poor conditions and old age, the team decided to euthanize him.
"Alligators this size are not common, although males can reach over 14 feet in size," Howze said.
They can only grow to be as large and live as long as the one they found by avoiding people.