A pair of Florida hunters have bagged a five-metre, 362  kilogram alligator last weekend and photos of the massive specimen have gone viral.

According to the New York Post, Lee Lightsey, the owner of Outwest Farms in Okeechobee, Florida and hunting guide Blake Godwin discovered the alligator in one of their cattle ponds while on a guided hunt. They believe the gator had been feasting on the farm’s cattle.

Godwin told a local news station ”We discovered the remains of what we determine to be cattle in the water. We determined that he was in fact attacking our livestock as they came to drink”.

The guide said Lightsey shot the gator as it surfaced about six metres in front of them. Godwin said the animal was so big that the pair had to use a farm tractor to pull of out of the water.

The group then posted a photo of the alligator dangling from the tractor. Godwin insists it is not a belated April Fools Joke.

The hunters could not believe their luck saying ”It is hard to believe that something this big exists in the wild. Hunting is a way of life for us and we are very proud of it”.

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The pair are planning to donate the gator’s meat to charity and have the alligator taxidermied for display at their hunting shows and expos.

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