Now I know that Texans are known to stretch the truth a tad from time to time, but this time I have pictures to back up the story. Just saying...
Huge alligator named 'Chubbs' caught on Houston-area golf course
By Craig Hlavaty Updated 3:41 pm, Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Gator wranglers Christy Kroboth and "Gator Chris" rescued this 12-foot, 600 pound alligator at Riverpointe Golf Club in Richmond, Texas outside of Houston on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. The duo nicknamed the animals "Chubbs," after the golf coach in "Happy Gilmore." It will be reintroduced back into the wild in a safer location soon.
On Wednesday, Houston's most popular gator wranglers were summoned to the River Pointe Golf Club in nearby Richmond to snare Chubbs, a 12-foot, 600-pound gator that was recently hanging out on one of the greens at that golf course. This month the world learned of the exploits of Houston’s own Gator Chris and his assistant Kroboth, who have made a name for themselves in the Houston area for alligator wrangling and conservation of the misunderstood beasts. Video of Kroboth subduing a dangerous 12-foot alligator near the First Colony Commons Shopping Center in the Sugar Land area while police looked on went viral earlier this month. The whole thing made Kroboth somewhat of an internet celebrity, with Kroboth getting interview requests from all around the country.
On Wednesday the pair sent the Houston Chronicle photos of their most recent adventure: their capture of Chubbs on a local golf course. By the way, the name Chubbs comes from 1996’s comedy hit “Happy Gilmore” starring Adam Sandler. If you’ve seen the film you might remember the fate of Sandler’s golf instructor. Luckily no instructors or golfers at the club met the same end.
Chubbs will be relocated by the gator wranglers to more hospitable digs, likely Larry Janik's alligator farm at Janik Alligators in the El Campo area. The pair are licensed and insured Alligator Nuisance Control Hunters for Texas Parks and Wildlife.
I've been wondering just how many golf balls could a 600 pound 'gator eat? Must be a lot, I reckon!
Coffee out on the patio this morning. No 'gators around, I promise...