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Florida woman fights to keep 6-foot pet alligator 'Rambo' — in her home

Mary Thorn's pet alligator, Rambo, lives with her in Lakeland. Thorn has had a license for the alligator she's kept for 11 years, but it recently grew to 6 feet and wildlife officials say that size alligator must have 2.5 acres of land. The 125-pound reptile wears clothes, rides on the back of a motorcycle and has a bedroom in Mary Thorn's home in Lakeland. [Mary Thorn via AP]

Mary Thorn's pet alligator, Rambo, lives with her in Lakeland. Thorn has had a license for the alligator she's kept for 11 years, but it recently grew to 6 feet and wildlife officials say that size alligator must have 2.5 acres of land. The 125-pound reptile wears clothes, rides on the back of a motorcycle and has a bedroom in Mary Thorn's home in Lakeland. [Mary Thorn via AP]

LAKELAND — A Florida woman is fighting to keep her 6-foot-long pet alligator in her home.

The 125-pound reptile named Rambo wears clothes, rides on the back of a motorcycle and has a bedroom in Mary Thorn's home in Lakeland.

Thorn has had a license for the alligator for 11 years, but it recently grew to 6 feet. Wildlife officials say that size alligator must have 2.5 acres of land. Thorn tells the Orlando Sentinel that even if she had land available, Rambo can't be left outdoors because of sensitivity to sunlight.

Thorn takes Rambo to schools and charity events to teach people about reptiles. She says she has trained him not to bite.

Florida wildlife commission spokesman Gary Morse says Thorn's case is under investigation.

Florida woman fights to keep 6-foot pet alligator 'Rambo' — in her home 03/15/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:54pm]
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