Congratulations! You detonated a nuclear weapon at the wrong time, in the wrong place, in the wrong way, and now you are the proud owner/feeder/panic- stricken victim of over two hundred and fifty feet of radioactive reptilian flesh! First of all, as a new Godzilla owner, there is one thing you should say to yourself:
STUPID! STUPID! STUPID!
That said, as it had to be, let's see what we can do about prolonging your pet's lifespan, most of which will involve prolonging yours.
In the United States, of late, this has become easier due to huge numbers of Japanese imports into the bloated U.S. Consumer market. Your pet should feel right at home, and any large, coastal city with large ships and elevated trains near the ocean will be suitable for your pet's rest and recreation. You should be aware that your pet will go through 2-3 tankers in the course of each month, and as many elevated trains as he encounters. Arrangements with the Liberian government and your local transportation authority may be advisable.
You should always provide a hide box in your pet's habitat. This will be for you. We recommend a converted, hardened Titan missile silo or a mine shaft not less than 350' from the surface in rock no softer than igneous basalt. Don't forget to install a filtering system to remove the lethal Strontium 90 deposited by your pet's breath. You will spend a lot of time in your hide box. This is normal and very, very, healthy.
U.S. ex-presidents (alive or recently dead), prosperous politicians and captains of industry (lots of meat, usually well marbled with fat), Rush Limbaugh, and Jerry Pournelle, with Charlton Heston, Ayn Rand, Richard Nixon, Whittaker Chambers, Joseph McCarthy, and the L.A. Police Department thrown in for spice. [This list slightly modified to correct errors ... -psl]
Do really you want to do anything about Mothras? Oh, very well. See if you can convince your pet to sleep on top of the Dow Chemical plant in Passaic, New Jersey, or the nearest nuclear power facility or the new Federal high- level nuclear waste sight in New Mexico. If that doesn't work, try a prayer to St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, or a sacrifice of several dozen cattle or virgins (either sex) to Hastur, Cthulhu, Ithaqua, and Shub-Internet. None of these will harm your pet. Very little will harm your pet (See Oxygen Destroyers below).
DON'T attempt to help your pet when shedding. The removal of even one fleck of skin from his vast outer hide will undoubtedly expose you to over eighteen times the NRC maximum annual roentgen level for high-level atomic plant workers. Mist him down (using either slurry planes or a convenient fireboat) from a distance. If you think your pet is grouchy enough most of the time, his first shed will be a major learning experience for you.
DON'T operate a computer anywhere in the vicinity of your pet's habitat (current Godzilla owners reading this are already in big trouble). Like many members of his family, your pet will immediately appropriate your video display for basking sessions (See FAQ on Monitor Lizards, and, in Georgia, Savannah Monitor Lizards).
DON'T attempt to control your pet's behavior with the use of tactical or strategic nuclear weapons. Despite the first rate-opportunities for urban redevelopment and national guilt they offer, exposure to even the tiniest amounts of U-238 and Tritium are likely to make your pet return to a feral state. They sure as blazes won't hurt him.
DO take your pet to a showing of Jurassic Park, since he gets few enough chances to laugh out loud as it is, and since he will undoubtedly put the audience on their best behavior. A white-hot jet of glowing radioactive plasma is the cure for even the most determined cinema talker.
DO allow your pet to mix with the rest of your pet collection. Dogs and inquisitive cats will develop an entirely new attitude toward your herptiles as a consequence, and even the most crotchety of iguanas or burmese pythons will develop an entirely revised sense of self-esteem if they survive the aftermath.
DON'T attempt to control your pet's behavior with an oxygen destroyer. Although initially effective, your pet will have an annoying tendency to reappear even after being entirely skeletonized by such an agent, and, obliging Japanese chemists of late have become increasingly unwilling to immolate themselves because of your careless use of nuclear weaponry. You will not only have your pet back again, you will have him back with an ATTITUDE.
As your pet ages, you may notice changes in behavior. At his youngest, he is at his most irritable and grouchy, and even as a mature leviathan he may fly into an extremely destructive rage at the sight of a Perry Mason re-run or movie on television. As he mellows, you may find him wrestling playfully with King Kongs, Ghidrah the three headed monster (See MONSTER-0 FAQ ), Rodans (See MACH-3 FAQ ), Mecha-Godzillae, cockroach-aliens, or other sea monsters (see alt.sci.worldconquest, talk.aliens.icch, and 20,000 LUS FAQ). He may even begin marginally socially-acceptable behavior, such as saving the world from the clutches of the Smog Monster (see alt.environment.worstcase) or Megalon. Recent studies, however, show a return toward grouchy behavior as time progresses.