David Van Buren 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 for his yard.

Gwendolyn, his 13-foot alligator, loves to come out for his fix of pizza and cookies.

Van Buren has had Gwendolyn for the past 47 years, since he was a nine-year-old boy. He even took the gator to college.

The reptile's length is what brought Florida Fish and Wildlife officials to their home.

Van Buren said his pet is healthy and is unable to escape. He said he'll do whatever it takes to keep his beloved alligator.

Fish And Wildlife officials said the best outcome for Gwendolyn is to actually stay with David, because the alligator is so used to living with him. First, however, he'll have to make changes to his property.

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