Alabama Family Catches 1,000-Pound Alligator

Image: A monster alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds
A family of hunters poses with a monster alligator in Thomaston, Ala., Aug 16, 2014. The alligator was caught in the Alabama River near Camden, Ala., by Mandy Stokes at right, along with her husband John Stokes, at her right, and her brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins, left, and his two teenage children, Savannah Jenkins, 16, and Parker Jenkins, 14.Sharon Steinmann / via AP

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A family of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds.

The gator is the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter, and weighing it posed a challenge. The first attempt completely destroyed a winch assembly used to hoist most average gators, so they had to use a backhoe to lift the animal. It weighed in at 1,011.5 pounds.

In the photo above, Mandy Stokes stands next to the alligator's head with her husband John Stokes, while the rest of her crew -- brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins and his children Savannah, 16, and Parker, 14 -- stand at left.

The gator is the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter.Sharon Steinmann / via AP

— The Associated Press