700-pound alligator found in Georgia irrigation ditch

(Source: Brent Howze)
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CORDELE, Ga. (AP) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says a 13-foot-4-inch alligator that weighed at least 700 pounds was found in an irrigation ditch.

The agency says a farmer found the male alligator near Lake Blackshear last month. The alligator was believed to be about 50 years old.

Agency wildlife biologist Brent Howze says the alligator was pulled out of the ditch and had several injuries, including what appeared to be old gunshot wounds. The alligator's poor condition led it to be euthanized.

Howze says alligator attacks on humans are extremely rare, and the agency says alligators can only reach such a hefty size by avoiding people.

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