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Texas record-breaking alligator gets new home and new name -- Big Tex

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Ben Hooper
Massive alligator Big Tex takes a swim around his new home at Gator County in Texas. Screenshot: Storyful
Massive alligator Big Tex takes a swim around his new home at Gator County in Texas. Screenshot: Storyful

BEAUMONT, Texas, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A Texas alligator rescue said the record-breaking 13-foot, 8-inch gator caught this week has a new home and a new name: Big Tex.

Gary Saurage, owner of Gator County in Beaumont, said the state record-breaking alligator he and his team captured earlier this week in Champion Lake, north of Wallisville, is settling into his new habitat a the rescue center.

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Saurage posted a video to Facebook showing the alligator swimming around in his private pond enclosure.

The video featured Saurage announcing the name chosen by the group's Facebook fans: Big Tex.

"Just an incredible animal," Saurage says in the video.

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