Mary Thorn is doing everything that’s in her power to keep her pet alligator named Rambo.
Rambo is a 125-pound reptile who has his own bedroom in Mary Thorn’s home in Lakeland. She shares everything with him: her bed, her house, and even her motorcycle!
Mary has had a license for the alligator for 11 years, but Rambo recently grew to 6 feet and Wildlife officials say an alligator that size must have 2.5 acres of land. Mary told the Orlando Sentinel that even if she had that much land available, Rambo can’t be left outdoors because he is highly sensitive to sunlight.
“Everyone will tell you that I treat that animal like a baby,” she said. “He doesn’t do anything a normal gator does.”
Thorn has trained Rambo not to bike and she takes him to schools and charity events to teach people 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 told the Orlando Sentinel, adding that she has been given permission to have the reptile out and about without its snout taped shut.
Thorn said she received the gator when it was four years old. Up until that point, it had been kept in a dark closet with other alligators.
She told the Orlando Sentinel that she received an offer from a reptile encounter attraction in Tampa, but is concerned about what would happen to Rambo if he spent too much time in the sunlight.
“I know when he goes there he’s going to be really afraid and he’s probably going to pass away from stress,” Thorn said.
You can help Mary keep her beloved pet by signing this petition HERE.
(Source: orlando sentinel)