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A giant alligator caught in Southeast Texas is now officially the largest ever captured alive in Texas. He’s now called, “Big Tex.”

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Gator hunter Gary Saurage couldn’t believe his eyes. He says, “There was something moving in the water that looked like a boat and it was coming fast.” So, to catch the 13 foot 8 inch gator… they threw in some chicken. “The alligator just lunged for that chicken… when he did I set the noose around his neck and I mean that’s when the games began,” said Saurage.

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They tied ropes to a tree and a truck to pull him out. Now, he’s at a wildlife preserve called Gator Country with hundreds of other gators in Beaumont.

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