A Japanese man has taken a different route in owning a pet -by adopting a giant 6ft 8in, 46kg caiman (a type of alligator). Nobumitsu Murabayashi, 65, is regularly seen strolling down the roads of Kure City in Hiroshima, Japan with his unlikely pet.
Amazingly, he purchased the alligator-like animal as a baby 34 years ago from an exotic animal festival.
He was given permission from the city’s government to keep the unusual pet, he imaginatively calls Caiman, at home. His bizarre friendship – which includes petting, brushing its teeth and walking him on a lead – led to numerous local TV appearances that made him a minor celebrity.
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