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17.5-pound lobster saved from being served as dinner

Larry, a 17.5-pound lobster, is seen in this undated photo.

July 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Connecticut man put his appetite aside to save a lovable lobster.

At 17.5 pounds, Larry the lobster was as big as a small dog. He had spent the past few months at the Dock Restaurant in Niantic, waiting to be served on a plate.

But then Don MacKenzie arrived. An admitted lobster lover, MacKenzie bought Larry this week and immediately took a boat trip to Long Island Sound.

"We found him a nice spot about 25 to 30 feet deep. There are a lot of rocks around there that will hopefully dodge the draggers. He's too big to fit into a lobster pot," said MacKenzie.

Larry is believed to be about 80 years old. The exact location of his new home is being kept a secret in hopes he'll be able to enjoy his unexpected retirement.