Born to be Wild

Don't keep wild animals as pets!

Real Life Attack Stories

A woman is attacked and killed by a black bear she had kept as a pet for nine years. Kelly Ann Walz was cleaning the cage where she kept 350 pound Teddy when the bear turned on her and attacked.

Another story is of Antoine Yates.

In 2003, Antoine Yates was mauled by his 500 lb tiger that he kept in his tiny New York apartment. After the accident, the police checked out the apartment and also noticed an alligator also in the apartment. He later recovered from his scratches and bites.

On Feb. 24, 2010, a 30-year-old male orca named Tilikum killed a trainer at the SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. The 12,300- pound whale pulled the trainer into the water while she was talking to visitors and began thrashing her around in the water

What is legal and illegal?


  • have animal with a licence or permit

  • for commercial purposes


  • to own a carnivore in Arkansas

  • no wild animals unless for commercial purposes in Colorado

  • Buy or see any poisonous snake not from Delaware. (law in Delaware)

Dangers to animals and to people

Dangers for animals:

  • the animals environment is different from ours so some of the animals can’t adapt.

  • Stress for the animal

  • Get sick

Danger for people:

  • expensive

  • can be attacked

  • can get sick from the animals

The impact on moving wild animals

If people keep taking wild animals out of their natural habitats, it would mess up a lot of things. There would soon be no more left in the jungle and it would mess up the food chain causing other animals to die out.

Number of attacks

Bears: 28 injuries 4 deaths to humans

Big cats: 164 injuries 21 deaths

Elephants: 52 injuries 14 deaths

Marine: 9 injuries 2 deaths

primate: 129 injuries 0 deaths

reptile: 103 injuries 19 deaths

other: 58 injuries 16 deaths

What the experts say:

“Most of the exotic pets here are declawed, with their sharp teeth filed down and are found malnourished. Medical records are usually non-existent and those handling such animals fail to realise they are exposing themselves and the society to various illnesses.” Quoted by Dr. Marissa Akram.