Friday, April 8, 2016

RAMBO the Pet Gator Fighting a Battle to Live at Home

Mary Thorn loves her pet and will do anything to keep him... but this is not your everyday cat or dog story!

RAMBO the pet gator... ready to cruise the highways!

The resident of Lakeland in Florida, is fighting to keep her 6-foot-long pet alligator in her home.

Known simply as RAMBO, the 125-pound reptile wears clothes, rides on the back of a motorcycle and even has his own bedroom.

Although it's unusual for an alligator to be allowed to be kept indoors (and there are very strict laws on human-gator interaction here in Florida), Ms Thorn has had a license for the Rambo for the past 11 years. Unfortunately, he recently grew to 6 feet in length.

According to regulations, a 6-foot gator must  live outside on a minimum of 2.5 acres of land.

Ms Thorn said that even if she had that much land, Rambo still wouldn't be able to live outdoors because he has a sensitivity to sunlight (wow - maybe he also has a peanut allergy?)

Rambo often visits schools and charity events and he has 'apparently' been trained not to bite.

Gary Morse of the Florida wildlife commission stated that Ms Thorn and Rambo's case is under investigation.

Personally, our home here in The Eagles in Odessa, backs onto a very large pond which is choc-full of gators... and much bigger that 6-ft I can tell you. They don't worry us or bother us at all - in fact we love having them around and especially enjoy watching their antics though the mating period (April - May) and into nesting in late June - July... but living in our home? Nahhhh... let's leave the beautiful beasts alone, I say!! 

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