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03:57 PM, March 17, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:08 PM, March 17, 2016

Florida woman battles to keep her motorcycle-riding alligator

Rambo, a 15-year-old alligator has been living in a house with Florida-based Mary Thorn for about 11 years.

Rambo weighs about 125 pounds the same as a human. He has bizarre human qualities like wearing clothes and also riding motorcycles! He also has his own bedroom like a human, too, reports Mashable.

“Everyone will tell you that I treat that animal like a baby,” Thorn told the Orlando Sentinel in an interview. “He doesn’t do anything a normal gator does.” The trouble is that the Florida legislation requires alligators who have reached six feet long to reside on at least two-and-a-half acres of land. Rambo has outgrown that length and the state is therefore threatening to remove Rambo from Thorn's care, as she has less than the legal acreage.

Thorn told the Sentinel that Rambo lived the first four years of his life trapped in a dark closet. For this reason, he has developed sensitivity to sunlight and cannot spend too much time outside. She said this could cause an issue for Rambo if he is handed over to new ownership, as most people do not keep alligators indoors, especially inside their house. In an effort to keep Rambo, Thorn has written a public Facebook post explaining why the gator should stay in her care.

As of now Rambo's fate is uncertain. A Tampa-based reptile encounter attraction has offered to take him but Thorn is extremely wary due to his lifestyle and sun sensitivity.

“I know when he goes there he’s going to be really afraid and he’s probably going to pass away from stress,” Thorn told the Orlando Sentinel.

In the hopes of keeping him legally, Thorn is currently looking into getting the gator registered as a therapy animal, as he already has experience visiting schools to teach kids about reptiles.

"He loves kids and when kids come around he shuts his mouth really tight so fingers can’t go in his mouth," Thorn said. “Without him, I don’t feel like even wanting to go on,” she said. “Everybody is taking it pretty hard because they know how much I love the gator.”

 

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