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Man raises pet alligators in backyard, forced to give them up

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DAYTONA, F.L. - Two pet alligators found living in a Florida backyard last week are now at a theme park dedicated to gators.  The owner gave them up Thursday against his wishes. 

He raised the gators from hatchlings nearly 20 years ago but his property is just too small to legally have exotic animals.


"He's always handled them and they are his babies,” said Lisa Miller, alligator owner’s wife.  “He's already lost his parents and a few other things and it’s like he's losing everything he's got all at once."

The Millers have a week to decide whether to surrender the animals for good or get a permit and find a place on their own.  That place would need a minimum of two acres.  If they do surrender the gators they would have visiting rights for life.


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