VIDEO: Florida Man Fights To Keep His 13-Foot Pet Gator He’s Owned For Nearly Five Decades

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Man has Owned 'Gwendolyn' Since Age 9

ABOVE VIDEO: A South Florida man is refusing to back down after fish and wildlife officials informed him the alligator he’s had as a pet for nearly five decades has grown too big to roam in his yard. (WSVN Video)

COCONUT CREEK, FLORIDA (WSVN) – A South Florida man is refusing to back down after fish and wildlife officials informed him the alligator he’s had as a pet for nearly five decades has grown too big to roam in his yard.

Whenever David Van Buren is away from his Coconut Grove home, his scaly friend and companion Gwendolyn hides in the yard, occasionally peeking out of his pool.

But when his owner shows up with treats, the 13-foot male reptile comes out for his fix of pizza and cookies. “Oh, look at this. Now we’re excited. You like that,” said Van Buren as 7News cameras captured the alligator feasting on the snacks, Wednesday.

Van Buren has had Gwendolyn for the past 47 years, since he was 9 years old. He even took the gator to college.

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