A Japanese man has become an internet sensation after he showed off his adopted 6ft 8in, 46kg pet Alligator.
According to Dailymail, Nobumitsu Murabayashi, 65, is regularly seen strolling down the roads of Kure City in Hiroshima, Japan with his unlikely pet. The gentle giant lives with Mr Murabayashi and his wife where he roams freely in their home.
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.
He said: ‘I never thought he would grow this big. It has been 34 years since I got him. I try to communicate with him through actions such as brushing his teeth, etc.’
Mr Murabayashi admits his long suffering wife isn’t necessarily a big fan of Caiman.
He said: ‘Every day my wife is more fed up with me. So I spend my days with Caiman instead.’
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.
His unusual friendship with the animal has attracted attention from people as they cannot fathom how he came about it. Most people know alligators to be dangerous, but Murabayashi seems so much at home with his giant alligator.