Japanese man lives with giant 6FT 8IN Caiman who he takes for walks

**NO SALES / USE IN JAPAN ** PIC BY 28 LAB / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Nobumitsu Murabayashi, 65 from Kure City ,Hiroshima, Japan, holding his pet caiman.) - Most people settle for cats or dogs as their pet of choice. But one Japanese man has taken things a step further - adopting a giant 6ft 8in caiman. Nobumitsu Murabayashi, 65, can regularly be seen strolling down the road with his unlikely pet - much to the bemusement of passers by. And despite weighing an eye-watering 100lbs, the gentle giant lives inside Mr Murabayashis home in Kure City,Hiroshima, Japan. The pair have been living together for 34 years. SEE CATERS COPY.

Most people settle for cats or dogs as their pet of choice. But one Japanese man has taken things a step further – adopting a giant 6ft 8in caiman.

Nobumitsu Murabayashi, 65, can regularly be seen strolling down the road with his unlikely pet – much to the bemusement of passers by.
And despite weighing an eye-watering 100lbs, the gentle giant lives inside Mr Murabayashi’s home in Kure City, Hiroshima, Japan.

The pair have been living together for 34 years after Mr Murabayashi originally purchased the caiman – who he inventively named ‘Caiman’ – as a baby from an exotic animal festival. He was subsequently given permission from the city’s government to keep the unusual pet at home.

**NO SALES / USE IN JAPAN ** PIC BY 28 LAB / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Nobumitsu Murabayashi, 65 from Kure City, Hiroshima, Japan, draws a sizeable crowd whenever he walks his pet caiman. ) - Most people settle for cats or dogs as their pet of choice. But one Japanese man has taken things a step further - adopting a giant 6ft 8in caiman. Nobumitsu Murabayashi, 65, can regularly be seen strolling down the road with his unlikely pet - much to the bemusement of passers by. And despite weighing an eye-watering 100lbs, the gentle giant lives inside Mr Murabayashis home in Kure City,Hiroshima, Japan. The pair have been living together for 34 years. SEE CATERS COPY.

Most people settle for cats or dogs as their pet of choice. 

The reptile lover said: “I never thought he would grow this big. It has been 34 years since I got him. I try to communicate with him through actions such as brushing his teeth, etc.”
And Mr Murabayashi admits his long suffering wife isn’t necessarily a big fan: “Every day my wife is more fed up with me. So I spend my days with Caiman instead.”
His bizarre friendship – which included petting, brushing its teeth and walking him on a lead – led to numerous local TV appearances that made him a minor celebrity.
**NO SALES / USE IN JAPAN ** PIC BY 28 LAB / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Nobumitsu Murabayashi, now 65 from Kure City,Hiroshima, Japan pictured with his pet caiman when he was younger.) - Most people settle for cats or dogs as their pet of choice. But one Japanese man has taken things a step further - adopting a giant 6ft 8in caiman. Nobumitsu Murabayashi, 65, can regularly be seen strolling down the road with his unlikely pet - much to the bemusement of passers by. And despite weighing an eye-watering 100lbs, the gentle giant lives inside Mr Murabayashis home in Kure City,Hiroshima, Japan. The pair have been living together for 34 years. SEE CATERS COPY.

But one Japanese man has taken things a step further – adopting a giant 6ft 8in caiman. Nobumitsu Murabayashi, 65, can regularly be seen strolling down the road with his unlikely pet – much to the bemusement of passers by. 

At home the spectacled caiman roams freely, spending most of his time in the tatami room – a traditional Japanese room using flooring made from rice straw – and the bathroom.

Caiman also has his own large tub of water at the front of the house.
But, Mr Murabayashi admits, keeping up with the eating habits of his pet can be tricky. He has to change his traditional sliding paper doors every year due to damage from his hefty lodger.
And with veterinary experts estimating the caiman has a life expectancy of anywhere between another 20 and 30 years, he hopes to live “another 30 years” so he can continue to care for his beloved pet.
**NO SALES / USE IN JAPAN ** PIC BY 28 LAB / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Nobumitsu Murabayashi, 65 from Kure City, Hiroshima, Japan, draws a sizeable crowd whenever he walks his pet caiman. ) - Most people settle for cats or dogs as their pet of choice. But one Japanese man has taken things a step further - adopting a giant 6ft 8in caiman. Nobumitsu Murabayashi, 65, can regularly be seen strolling down the road with his unlikely pet - much to the bemusement of passers by. And despite weighing an eye-watering 100lbs, the gentle giant lives inside Mr Murabayashis home in Kure City,Hiroshima, Japan. The pair have been living together for 34 years. SEE CATERS COPY.

 And despite weighing an eye-watering 100lbs, the gentle giant lives inside Mr Murabayashis home in Kure City,Hiroshima, Japan. The pair have been living together for 34 years.