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Lions safety Louis Delmas sad to say goodbye to his pet alligator, Mojo

Eric Edholm
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Mojo, the former pet alligator of Louis Delmas ( photo)

Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas received an unusual gift from former teammate Ernie Sims during his rookie season: An unhatched alligator egg.

Delmas witnessed the Futuregator's birth, incubated under a heat lamp, and even named the creature, Mojo.

"It was very unexpected, but I've had it ever since," Delmas said.

Until now. Mojo has grown to the size of, well, Delmas. The safety is 5-foot-11 and 202 pounds, according to the Lions' roster. Mojo checks in at 6-foot and 200 pounds. The Lions have no plans at this time to audition Mojo for a role in their secondary, according to sources.

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Louis Delmas (USA Today Sports Images)

According to's Justin Rogers, Delmas has turned over the reptile to the good folks at the Allen Park Critter Shop, who plan to give it the care he needed. Like a bad house guest, Mojo had been eating his way though Delmas' apartment — a diet of six giant rats per week — and, plus, he's just too big, especially with Lions teammate Kevin Ogletree moving into Delmas' pad. (No word on the dietary habits of Ogletree, who checks in at 6-foot-1 and 198 pounds.)

At least Mojo is getting a good home. There's nothing more troublesome than a gator on the loose. (Especially in Florida, but we're thinking Detroit might make it even more frightening an affair, especially with winter coming.)

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