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Man grows Wyoming-record pumpkin bigger than seven baby elephants

AP

A Wyoming man has grown a pumpkin that weighs 1,491 pounds (676 kilograms), a new state record.

Andy Corbin grew the gourd in his backyard in Cheyenne, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.

Corbin says the pumpkins he grows require a handmade tripod to move them.

He says his pumpkins require yearlong maintenance and can gain dozens of pounds a day during growing season.

Corbin says he hopes to grow three pumpkins weighing more than 4,000 pounds (1,800 kg) combined.

For perspective, newborn elephants weigh about 200 pounds (91 kg) on average.

Corbin has grown giant pumpkins to show at competitions for more than a decade. He also runs a website, pumpkinfanatic.com, where users can find information on growing pumpkins.

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