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COCONUT GROVE, Fla. — A Florida man is pledging to do whatever it takes to keep his pet alligator after fish and wildlife officials told him that the 13-foot gator is too big to be kept at his home.

Retired firefighter David Van Buren has been Gwendolyn’s caretaker for 47 years and he’s not ready to let him go, WSVN reports.

Along with taking a swim in Van Buren’s backyard pool, Gwendolyn loves cookies and pizza.

“Once he was in the house, he didn’t want to leave,” Van Buren said, according to WSVN. “I think it took us like three weeks to get him to go back outside. He was on the couch all the time or in the bathtub.”

Luckily for Van Buren, officials quickly changed their mind and said the alligator is healthy and unable to escape. He won the initial battle, but he now has to make some changes to his property.