Grandma kills huge alligator after it 'ate her miniature horse'

Grandma kills huge alligator after it 'ate her miniature horse'

She was elected as mayor in May, became a great-grandmother for the first time earlier this month and can now call herself a killer of predators.

A miniature horse vanished a few years ago from Judy Cochran's cattle ranch in south-east Texas.

It took just one shot for Judy Cochran to dispatch the 12-foot, 580-pound gator at her ranch Sunday in Goodrich, the Houston Chronicle reported.

A grandma in Texas is making headlines for the killing of an alligator that was years in the making.

"To say for sure it's the same gator, I can't say for sure but I highly suspect", she said.

"The horse just disappeared, so we're thinking the gator got it", said Cochran.

"We may not understand alligators the way we do animals we're more familiar with, but we know that they're expert navigators, clever hunters, and fiercely protective parents who, most importantly, feel the same fear and pain that we do".

In Polk County, hunting season for alligators runs only 20 days a year, beginning on September 10.

Ms Cochran's miniature horse's remains were never found after it disappeared about three years ago. "Moye Taxidermy will be processing it, we'll eat the meat, have the head mounted and have the ridgeback part of the tail in my office", she said.

After hooking the big lizard on seasoned raccoon, Cochran got a call while in a meeting, finished up, then headed home to grab her Winchester.22 Magnum rifle, dispatching the animal with a single shot.

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