Officials: Rambo The Gator Can Stay
A Lakeland woman says Christmas came early for her when she got a state permit to keep her pet Rambo – a motorcycle-riding, leather-wearing alligator she’s had for more than a decade.
Florida Fish and Wildlife officials said Mary Thorn’s property wasn’t big enough to keep a gator that’s six feet long. But she argued Rambo has an immune disorder that makes him sun-sensitive, so he’s an “indoor gator” anyway.
After nearly a year of legal wrangling, though, Thorn says it was time to cover Rambo with his usual sunscreen and clothing step out.
“We were out in the yard celebrating yesterday,” said Thorn, “and he’s just ecstatic.”
The permit does have restrictions, though.
“On this permit, the only thing we’re not allowed to do is exhibit him, and we’re not allowed to go anywhere without the tape being around his mouth,” said Thorn.
She says Rambo is so docile, he thinks the tape is a punishment.
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