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Wed, Feb 25 | By Amy Lieberman | 1257

He's not your average pet, but one alligator was recently recruited -- and selected -- to serve as a mascot for a fraternity at the Washington State University. Just as quickly as an online service delivered the baby gator, though, he was soon out t… more ›

Frat Must Say 'See You Later' to Pet Alligator
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Theotherwhitemeat
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Theotherwhitemeat
4 years ago

Were any of you there? Did you see the accomadtions that were set up for the pet? How dare you judge them as "Frat Boys"? Just because you are in a fraternity doesn't mean you're out of control. This why society fails, we judge too much on a name. Do you judge black people as thieves and jews as greedy? What about Indians and alcohol. You people should be ashamed of yourselves for labeling them as stupid frat boys, we all make poor judgement calls. Think next time before you poorly label people, they could be your sons or future vet techs....especially from Washington State University.

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Amanda C.
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Amanda C.
5 years ago

Thank God the state of Washington has enough sense to have laws against this kind of thing, I wish all of the other states would follow! People need to stop trying to keep wild animals as pets, it only hurts the animals.

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Chrissy
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Chrissy
5 years ago

An alligator does not belong in a bathtub. It's cruel.

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Nicklaus A.
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Nicklaus A.
5 years ago

We live in Florida. Gators are everywhere in Florida, but we do not put them in our bathtubs. Prevents proper hygiene in the home.

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Cherish2484
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Cherish2484
5 years ago

do they not realize that baby alligators become adult alligators, extremely large adult alligators

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Meryl O.
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Meryl O.
5 years ago

All I can say is that baby alligators, grow up!

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merle w.
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merle w.
5 years ago

Nice to know fraternities have not changed and the city is now taking care of the poor animal

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Sllange
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Sllange
5 years ago

Maybe the colleges should start teaching classes in common sense and responsible behavior. Apparently they've gotten this far in life without learning it.

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Gerlinde  W.
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Gerlinde W.
5 years ago

How ridiculous. Dont they know that these things grow huge????

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SRobitta
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SRobitta
5 years ago

I feel bad for the alligator. That was so wrong.

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Hrstansbury
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Hrstansbury
5 years ago

I'd like to think guys that age would know better, but some people never learn.

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Karen F.
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Karen F.
5 years ago

Hopefully this was at least a learning experience for the frat boys albeit very sad for the alligator.

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Libby M.
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Libby M.
5 years ago

frat boys can be so foolish. creatures like this are certainly not intended to be kept in captivity, particularly in the conditions that a fraternity would be able to provide. I'm glad the gator is being returned to where it should be.

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Felly C.
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Felly C.
5 years ago

good! they should know better!

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April B.
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April B.
5 years ago

I hope when (if) they graduate, they'll be a little smarter.

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Susan
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Susan
5 years ago

another wild animal for a pet. I'm glad they did something about it before that alligator got big enough to hurt someone! Besides, WA State is too cold for that type of 'pet'. sometimes people don't stop and think.

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JaneakaJune
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JaneakaJune
5 years ago

Bizarre. Leave it to frat kids to think up something like this. What were they going to do when he got big enough to eat them?

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Pdenkler
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Pdenkler
5 years ago

LOL. Frat guys don't think.

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Sandra H.
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Sandra H.
5 years ago

Those wild and crazy frat kids. What yutz's

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LuAnne R.
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LuAnne R.
5 years ago

Come did they really think they could have a pet alligator in the Frat House?

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MarkC
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MarkC
5 years ago

Alligators are NOT pets! Nor are they a mascot! They are a recipe for disaster looking for a place to happen when they are in the hands of irresponsible people!

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Suzann C.
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Suzann C.
5 years ago

Kids will be kids even if they are of college age! They just don't stop to think about the animal or in this case reptile and it's well being! Glad the police found out so soon and removed the gator from their care!

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Mary W.
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Mary W.
5 years ago

Glad to hear that. It was a dumb decision.

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Nancy R.
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Nancy R.
5 years ago

When will some people learn that wild animals are not pets. Florida is inundated with iguanas, not native to FL. They have no natural predators and have just been set free by people that imported them when they were little. When they grow to maturity, nobody wants to keep them. They eat the foods that native animals need to grow and now will become extinct. Stick to Pet pets, please.

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Tracy W.
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Tracy W.
5 years ago

I had a friend that years ago had a pet alligator that he kept on a chain in the front yard. He was a good pet and a novelty in the neighborhood. He lived north and when I asked him what he did with him during the winter, he told me he stayed outside all year. He would hibernate in the winter and then thaw out in the spring. I always thought it was a wild story, not sure if its real though.

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Annie H.
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Annie H.
5 years ago

This just proves my stereotypical ideas of frat boys. Don't they watch Animal Planet?! Why on earth do they think they could keep an alligator as a pet? I'm glad he was rescued. Maybe that should be an actual "rule" of students in that university: "Absolutely NO pet alligators!"

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DLang
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DLang
5 years ago

Alligators are wild animals and should not be pets. Especially by Frat boys, who I doubt would be responsible pet owners.

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Marymoo
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Marymoo
5 years ago

I'm glad he was rescued.

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Venomus
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Venomus
5 years ago

Lucky alligator.

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Anna
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Anna
5 years ago

What were they thinking!

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Anne S.
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Anne S.
5 years ago

Better to be confiscated early then to wait until the frats were desperate and dumped the gator in one of the local waterways.

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Kyle B.
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Kyle B.
5 years ago

It would have gotten out and moved into a lake or something when it got large, well all know..that's how large cats get intorduced into the English countryside

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Onic4
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Onic4
5 years ago

Who thought that an alligator would make a good pet. Maybe if you lived in the Amazon and you kept it outside.

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Nalabeau
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Nalabeau
5 years ago

It's a good thing they found the animal while it was small. Who knows what would have happened once it grew up.

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Kelley D.
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Kelley D.
5 years ago

Good to see someone took the alligator away from them. They would not have been able to care for it properly and it could have ended up hurting one of them.

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Joan B.
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Joan B.
5 years ago

Not my idea of a pet!

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Frances K.
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Frances K.
5 years ago

Strange story, some people just don't think about the pet at all.

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Emily M.
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Emily M.
5 years ago

It's not fair to animals such as alligators to be treated as pets, especially by people like students who usually don't have the proper time to care for such aanimals.

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Got2havegoldens
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Got2havegoldens
5 years ago

I guess they didn't plan on bathing much.

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Hickman89
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Hickman89
5 years ago

Not the best choice of pets, a little responsibility please.

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Dan4cats
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Dan4cats
5 years ago

a gator isn't a pet

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Doran359
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Doran359
5 years ago

This is still stupid!

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shalaina r.
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shalaina r.
5 years ago

if this alligator got out during a party there could be some major problems! i think it's better that this alligator was removed from the frat house.

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Renee C.
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Renee C.
5 years ago

My son used to tell my about the animals left behind at the end of the semester or year by students that only wanted a pet temporarily. Never an alligator though!

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Paulween1
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Paulween1
5 years ago

They seem to be young and not too bright. I don't think they realized the issues they were going to have especially when it started getting large.

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Kuroinekokitto
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Kuroinekokitto
5 years ago

Did they honestly think that was such a great idea? That is an animal that needs special care or needs to be in the wild with it's own kind where it knows how to take care of itself. And if they had done some research, they would have found out that they wouldn't be able to keep it, making the effort pointless.

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Renee P.
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Renee P.
5 years ago

There should be some kind of regulation preventing animals like this to be pets.

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jane w.
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jane w.
5 years ago

When will people realize that wild animals do not make good pets.

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Ella D.
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Ella D.
5 years ago

they did the rite thing

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Michelle  K.
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Michelle K.
5 years ago

Ok, what in the world would a Frat need an alligator...obviously they weren't using best judgement and someone could have been seriously hurt. I'm glad the authorities stepped in.

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