Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas has given up his pet alligator, Mojo, after teammate, wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, expressed intention to move into his place.
“I told him I couldn’t stay there with the gator there, so he had to make some adjustments for the New York City kid,” said Ogletree, who was signed by the Lions after Nate Burleson’s injury.
Delmas, a fifth-year safety, received an alligator egg in his rookie season as a gift from former teammate Ernie Sims. From that egg hatched Mojo, which has grown to six feet long.
Delmas has housed Mojo in a 36-square-foot tank in his basement, but he said it’s no longer reasonable to do so. Mojo had grown to the point that it ate two giant rats three times per week.
“That gator ate my refrigerator dry,” Delmas said.
Delmas had Mojo picked up by Allen Park Critter Shop, which now houses the alligator under the care of owner Rick Simms.
Delmas said Mojo eventually could end up at the Detroit Zoo, although communication director Patricia Janeway said the zoo had not been contacted.