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The Dangers of Owning Exotic Pets

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by Krystal Torres

Domestication Takes Centuries By nature wild animals are self-sufficient and are not domesticated just by being captive-born or hand-raised unlike dogs and cats. The reason for this is that dogs and cats have been domesticated by selective breeding over thousands of years. Thousands! As a wild animals grows up, the instinctive behavior of the adult animal begins to take over the dependency you would find in a very young wild animal. This can result in biting or scratching or other destructive behaviors.

Disease and Injury Wild animals carry diseases that are dangerous to humans such as, herpes B virus, rabies, Salmonella, and Monkey Pox. 80 to 90 percent of monkeys, the most common type of wild animal pet, are carriers of the herpes B vChameleon-as-exotic-petirus. The virus is harmless to monkeys but usually fatal to humans. Between 1990 and 2011. There were 75 deaths reported due to wild animals that have been kept as pets. In 1999, a 3 year old Illinois boy was strangled to death as he slept by the family’s pet African python.

Caring for Wild Animals is Almost Impossible There are not enough reputable facilities or sanctuaries to properly care for unwanted wild animals. Many times when someone owns a wild animal as a pet, they’re not thinking of the future. What was once an adorable little fuzzball, can grow to an animal that might need 50 pounds of meat a day. Many animals naturally live in colonies, yet are kept as single pets. They are unable to express normal behaviors like grooming one another, foraging for food, mating and rearing young that would occupy their time and attention in the wild. They become bored and depressed, and this can lead to self-destruction, aggression and illness. Climate differences can also create stress on animals and diminish the quality of their lives.

For more information, check out these links:

http://www.livescience.com/16815-exotic-pets-wildlife-infographic.html

http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?p=187&more=1

http://www.paws.org/exotic-animals.html

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