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Washington State University: Home of the Cougars - and a gator

PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman Police say they don't plan on filing charges against a Washington State University fraternity after members found a new home for a pet alligator.

Police told members of Delta Upsilon fraternity to find a new home for 'Grizz' the gator after a campus newspaper article outlined the frat's newest pet.

"They said we have 7 days to get rid of it," said Lane Quadracci, a sophomore at WSU.

Owning an alligator is against the law, according Commander Chris Tennant of the Pullman Police Department which says they dealt with a similar situation last year.

Quadracci says he called reptile rescues around the country but couldn't figure out how to get the gator he purchased online to the new home.

"The big problem is you can't ship it FedEx," he said. "UPS won't let you ship a live gator."

So the fraternity turned to their own backyard; the group gave the gator to the WSU Veterinary School.

Authorities at the School are calling reptile rescues to find a permanent home.

Doctors there said the gator could grow to 8 feet in length.

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