If you’re wondering why Rambo, the 6 foot 6 alligator has his own bedroom, watches tele on the couch and has a wardrobe of custom clothing, that’s your answer.
After spending the first 4 years of his life, kept in a dark wardrobe Rambo was rescued by 57-year-old ex-wrestler Mary Thorn. As a result of the poor living conditions he endured, Rambo’s immune system is incredibly weak and he is severely sensitive to sunlight.
“I had to invent ways to take care of my gator. So I put clothes on him. People think I’m nuts.” Mary dresses him up in outifts that will protect his skin including leather jackets, sunglasses and even Santa Clause outfits. “I get a lot of slack for that, but you know what? My gator isn’t walking around with sunburn. I protect my gator with everything I’ve got.”
Mary has been living with gators since she was a kid.
Her family has always taken care of disabled reptiles and was trained from a young age to properly handle them. Her wrestling background has certainly come in handy too!
“I’ve had like 20 gators – all of them potty trained, all of them wore clothes, all of them did their own special things, like ride four-wheelers.” With all of this experience, Mary knows that Rambo is a special creature.
He loves to watch Spongebob on TV, cuddles up to her in bed and only eats frozen chicken (unlike nasty, smelly meat most alligators prefer).
“He loves people, he’s more like a dog than he is a gator”.
However, she warns that ordinary people should be aware of alligators, as they are not all as friendly as Rambo and might cause them serious harm. She also advises not to make pets out of an alligator. Mary has only housed reptiles that would not be able to survive in the wild.
“I don’t just go pick up a gator from a lake or go to a place and buy one, because that’s not fair to gators. They have a habitat where they belong and that’s where they should stay.”