A Lakeland woman is being allowed to keep her 6-foot, TV-watching pet alligator named Rambo at home, the Associated Press is reporting.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Thursday that after a fight with Mary Thorn, the agency has reached an agreement to allow her to keep Rambo. State rules say that alligators longer than 6 feet must have 2.5 acres of land.
Thorn has had Rambo for more than 11 years and keeps him inside her house, dressing the 125-pound reptile in clothes and allowing him to watch TV. Thorn says Rambo waits by the refrigerator for food, and she brushes his teeth.
Under the terms of the agreement with FWC, she cannot exhibit Rambo, though she has taken Rambo to charity shows in the past in a motorcycle sidecar.