Domesticating wild animals—and keeping them as pets—has always been a contentious subject. Dogs and cats have been bred for generations in order to cultivate favorable (and human-friendly) traits. While many wild animals may seem docile enough as babies, their instinctive behavior will inevitably reveal itself once they grow up.
Nevertheless, some animal lovers—like Pennsylvania’s Angela Lance—raise wild animals in such a way that they become domesticated.
The only twist? Angela’s pet is not one that you’d expect. Some might even consider it highly dangerous…
Pennsylvania’s Angela Lance, 44, is the loving owner of a four-foot-long alligator named LillyGator, who, despite being a wild animal, is Angela’s pride and joy.
Angela’s boyfriend has different feelings about Lilly. Angela says he “probably thinks I’m a little bit nuts for doing it but he totally understands. He doesn’t want to hold her but he does respect that I have her.”
Says Angela, “Dressing her up and painting her nails is more fun for me. It makes her seem less intimidating. I am not sure there are other gators that are getting foot massages and manicures and seem to enjoy it.”
“I am definitely very passionate about the fact that people shouldn’t buy them without the understanding and realization of the amount of work and money and time they take,” she says. “It shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s a serious investment.”
Angela’s father often asks her to send pictures of his “grandgator” while he is having dinner with colleagues. She says, “He loves showing her off in her little outfits.” Ruaridh Connellan / Barcroft Images
When the weather is good, Angela even takes Lilly out for walks.
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