Monster alligator caught by family in Alabama
A family in Alabama is celebrating the catch of a lifetime - a 15ft (4.5m) alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds (450kg).
The alligator was caught by Mandy and John Stokes, Mrs Stokes' brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins and his children, 16-year-old Savannah and 14-year-old Parker.
The huge creature was pulled from the water by the keen hunters in south Alabama at the weekend during the state's alligator-hunting season, according to local reports.
It is the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter.
It took the relatives hours to reel the catch in; the alligator was first hooked on Friday night and it was finally pulled in on Saturday morning.
"When I saw the size of the foot on this one, I knew it was a good one," Mrs Stokes told Al.com
Weighing the animal was not easy - the first attempt reportedly destroyed a winch assembly used to hoist most average alligators.
Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries biologists then used a digger to lift the animal and weigh it.