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760 pound alligator to move into West Baton Rouge visitor's center

(Source: West Baton Rouge Visitors and Convention Bureau) (Source: West Baton Rouge Visitors and Convention Bureau)
PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) -

The West Baton Rouge Visitors Bureau has a new heavyweight lined up; a 760 pound, preserved alligator.

The alligator was killed in September 2013, but no one knew what to do with an alligator this big. The WBR visitor's center thought the alligator could jazz up their center.

A taxidermist took care of the gator, now named Moby, and artist Mike Strong of Gonzales, LA was tasked with painting a swamp scene that will provide a backdrop for the enormous alligator.

Sunday, July 31 Moby will move in and the West Baton Rouge Visitor's center in Port Allen and will be welcomed with a gator reception. 

The man who killed Moby is Jim White of Ventress, LA. He caught Moby in West Baton Rouge Parish on Solitude Point. Moby was 13-feet 4-inches long and took the honor of capturing the heaviest alligator from Mississippi. Mississippi previously held the record, but Moby beat it by 33 pounds.

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