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Giant alligator on display at Newport Aquarium

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NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) - Visitors to the Newport Aquarium won't be likely to miss the latest exhibit.

He is a 14-foot-long, 800-pound American alligator, considered the largest in the country on display outside Florida.

The alligator is known as Mighty Mike and is believed to be about 50 years old. Mighty Mike is on loan to the aquarium from a private collection in Florida and is expected to be on display until late spring, when he's supposed to visit a Michigan zoo.

The alligator was actually under order in 2000 to be destroyed because of his size. But the trapper who caught him asked a local reptile expert to give him a new home, and that's where he lives now, when he's not traveling around the country.

The aquarium is beginning construction this week on the Kroger Kingdom of Penguins exhibit, and the cold penguins will be off-site temporarily.

But officials hope Mighty Mike and a deal that lets two children in free with a paying adult will keep the aquarium busy.

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