World record American alligator on display at Montgomery Zoo

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The world's largest American alligator ever killed in the wild is on display for the first time since it was caught on the Alabama River.

The mounted 15-foot, 9-inch alligator weighing 1,011 pounds was unveiled Friday morning at the Montgomery Zoo.

Thomaston resident Mandy Stokes and her husband caught and killed the alligator near Camden in Wilcox County during the state's annual alligator hunt in August.  Stokes says the fight from their boat took nearly an entire night.

Stokes says it was her first time hunting alligators. She became interested after viewing the previous world record gator a few years earlier.

The alligator was certified as a record by Safari Club International and will be on display temporarily at the Montgomery Zoo's learning center.