Hunter Spots Massive 13-Foot Alligator Walking Through The Woods Like A Dinosaur Out For A Stroll

Hunter Spots Massive 13-Foot Alligator Walking Through The Woods Like A Dinosaur Out For A Stroll

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I see a ton of alligators here in Southwest Florida on a weekly basis. We’ve got a small one in the pond out back that I see daily. There’s a big one that I drive past daily down the road. And my go-to golf course is literally named after alligators and they’re always sitting on the edges of the lakes and a few feet away from the ball I nearly shot into the water.

I’m rarely startled by alligators because I always see them in places I expect to see them, except for that time in H.S. when I found a small one in the men’s bathroom (true story). All of this context is to illustrate how alarming it is to see something like this alligator below when you’re not expecting to see a gator at all.

This footage came from a hunter in Georgia who was out looking for deer but instead witnessed a walking dinosaur lumbering through the woods. The gargantuan and prehistoric reptile was estimated at around 13 feet but it looks bigger than a hippo to me.

 

13-Foot Alligator Walking Through Woods Like A Dinosaur

 

It has been a wild few months for alligator news dating back to Summer. It started with a flurry of gigantic alligators eating other alligators in a show of reptile cannibalism that nobody saw coming. Here’s that saga if you missed those cannibal gators:

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Based on estimates, that 13-foot alligator spotted by the hunter in the woods is around 50 years old. It also looks big enough to swallow a deer or bobcat whole. The caption from that video on YouTube reads:

It was just another afternoon in the climbing stand for a bowhunter in Macon County, Georgia. Then he hears something coming, and with anticipation he tightens his grip on his bow… oh but it was no deer… Like a scene from Jurassic Park a huge alligator appears, lumbering through the pines before laying down in a corn pile. He was hunting in planted pines more than 1,500 yards—almost a mile—from a river and retention pond where a 13-foot alligator is known to reside. Before dark, the alligator lumbered away, but not back toward the river, instead it went toward the hunter’s truck! Made for a hair-raising, careful walk out of the woods in the dark.

If I’m going to encounter a 13-foot alligator that’s as wide as a whale I think I’d rather do it when I’m not all alone in the woods.

At the very least, I’m talking the LONG way back to the truck and making sure there’s as much distance between me and that alligator as possible.