Born To Be wild

Savannah Jo. Yancy

Wild animals are meant to stay in the wild

Real-life stories


1. There was a young boy named Dean and he was ordering all different kinds of snakes over the phone using an adults voice. Dean got his first serious bite from a snake when he was about 13 years old. After Dean was bitten, he had the sensation to want to own even deadlier snakes. As Dean was bitten when he was in his 30’s he rejected the anti venom medicine. Now Dean is living a healthy life without snakes.


2. In mid October, 2011 there were a little over 50 captive bred exotic animals which including tigers, lions, leopards, bears, wolves and monkeys were released by their owner before he took his own life. Many of these animals had only a few hours of terrifying freedom before being shot to death. We can only hope that this event will catalyze Ohio –and the Federal Government– to ban private ownership of exotic animals AND shut down exotic animal auctions.


3. 12,000 lb Orca whale called Trillium (Tilly) mauls and kills his trainer Dawn Branchlike at Sea World during a performance.


  • When you take a wild animal out of its natural habitat then you are putting at a higher risk of becoming extinct.


  • A wild animal needs certain things from it’s habitat and the person who has the wild animal as a pet might not have the necessities that the animal needs and the animal could get sick and maybe even die.


  • Some animals need to be around other animals of the same kind in order to survive.

What's legal and illegal?


  • It to raise any kind of wild animals as pets. It is even more illegal to raise wild animals as pets if you got the from a an illegal pet trade .


  • It is illegal to even keep a baby bunny or bird that you found outside as a pet. You might keep it as a pet for a while till it gets too big then if you set it free it will not know how to find food or shelter.


  • If you own a wild animal as a pet and you just keep it in a cage all the time then that is called Animal Cruelty and that is also against the law.

What are some dangers for people?

  • Wild animals have more chance of carrying diseases than household pets. If a wild animal is brought in your home, then you could endanger you family members and friends.


  • Wild animals don’t stay little forever and when these animals get larger they can become a danger to your family. When wild animals that are raised to be pets get bigger people sometimes set the animal free and now the wild animal won’t know how to fend for itself.


  • Lemurs, monkeys, chimpanzees, and baboons all fall into this primate category. They are cute but are not a substitute for human babies. Sure they are treated like babies with their owners putting them in diapers and strollers, but they also act like babies. Permanently! If they get angry they scream and throw a tantrum

What's the impact on the environment?

  • When you take a wild animal out of its natural habitat then you are giving that animal more of a chance of going extinct.

  • If you take a wild animal out of the wild then whatever that animal eats will become overpopulated.

  • Is that animal is taken out of the wild the whatever eats that animal will have more of a hard time of finding food, and might even die of starvation.

  • Wild animals have more chance of carrying diseases than household pets. If a wild animal is brought in your home, then you could endanger you family members.


  • Wild animals don't stay little forever and when these animals get larger they can become a danger to your family. When wild animals that are raised to be pets get bigger people sometimes set the animal free and now the wild animal won’t know how to fend for itself.

What do the numbers say? These are the numbers of the wild animals that are left in the wild.

  • Mice and rats = 61.68%

  • Marine mammals = 0.79%

  • Large mammals = 0.36%

  • Small mammals = 0.47%

  • Birds = 2.10%

  • Reptiles &

  • Amphibians = 10.28%

  • Fish = 24.42%

What do the experts say?


  • More harm than good! Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center takes in many abused and poorly cared for animals that people think they can have as pets, but experts at the center say they’re called wild animals for a reason! “The longer I’m in the business, the more lack of respect I’m seeing for the Earth and its wildlife. Number one: there is no such thing as a pet wild animal. Number two: in many cases it’s a violation of the law. Number three: you don’t have a right to do it,” Jeannie Lord with the Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and education Center said.


  • Many of these wild animals have very specific climate and dietary needs that are too difficult for people to maintain. For example, Lilly the turtle was not properly taken care of, and now she is suffering the consequences and being rehabilitated at the center. “When it was brought to us, it was in awful condition. The plaster on the bottom part of the shell was filled with cancer, pocket holes of what we call shell rot,” Lord said.