Massive Alligator in Browns Mills Pond, New Jersey: Fact Check


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Massive Alligator in Browns Mills Pond, New Jersey

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Massive alligator found in Browns Mills, New Jersey
A 14 foot American alligator was found in a pond in Browns Mills, New Jersey. Officials say they have also found the remnants of 4 separate nests and are concerned that they could be more than 75 other alligators on the loose in that area. Residents are urged to be aware of their surroundings when near any body of water in that area.

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Fact Check:

The story appearing online purports to show picture of a Massive Alligator in Browns Mills, New Jersey. Allegedly, the 14-foot American alligator was found in a pond in Browns Mills and officials warned residents expressing concerns about presence of 75 other alligators on the loose in that area. Like explained below, the claims about the Massive Alligator in Browns Mills are hoaxes.

Not Massive Alligator in Browns Mills Pond, New Jersey

The story in question originated from an article on BreakingNews247.net website titled “Massive alligator found in Browns Mills, New Jersey“. The jaw-dropping huge alligator lifted by a farm tractor created an impression the story is real. However, BreakingNews247.net is an entertainment website, where users create prank stories. Likewise, the same message appears in disclaimer-about information at the bottom of their website.

Screenshot of the article on BreakingNews247.net website
Screenshot of the article on BreakingNews247.net website

Alligator Picture from Old Incident in Florida

The massive American alligator picture used in story actually comes from an old incident in Florida which happened in early April 2016. Two hunters, the owner of Outwest Farms in Okeechobee, Lee Lightsey and his guide Blake Godwin discovered the massive alligator in one of their cattle ponds. As a matter of fact, they shot and killed the gator and used a farm tractor to pull it to shore. The hunters in this case said the American alligator was 15 feet long and weighed 800 pounds, adding it was the largest they have ever found. They also said they determined the gator was attacking their livestock and eating cattle.

So, the claim about finding of Massive alligator in Browns Mills, New Jersey is a hoax message coming from a prank website. Hunters shot and killed the huge gator in Florida, earlier in 2016.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.

References:

15-foot alligator caught eating cattle is killed in Okeechobee, Florida
Giant Alligator Found in Florida


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