Los Angeles Animal Services and the L.A. Zoo removed an 8-foot alligator from a suburban L.A. backyard on Wednesday.
The alligator, a 37-year-old female named Jaxson, had lived in the Van Nuys backyard for 36 years.
Jaxson's owner disputed that the alligator was a danger.
She wouldn't even hurt rats, her owner said.
Hear more from Jaxson's owner here.
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