Happily Ever After
The bond Mary Thorn shares with her pet of 12 years is just as fierce as the animal itself. In March 2015, the Lakeland, Fla.–based retired professional wrestler appealed to Facebook followers for help—she wanted to keep her 15-year-old, 1.8-metre-long alligator, Rambo, after the Florida Wildlife Commission requested that she find him another home. State regulations allow alligators to be kept as pets, but those greater than 1.2 metres in length must live on properties one hectare or larger. On Thorn’s page, pictures show Rambo dressed up in denim overalls, posing on an all-terrain vehicle and even kissing his owner on the mouth. Luckily, in December 2016, Thorn was granted permission to keep her scaly pal. The best pet stories always have happy endings.
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