Born 2 B Wild

By: Alicia Nikolai

Why you should not have exotic animals as pets

Real-Life Stories:

  1. In 2009, Sandra Herold called her friend Charla Nash for help getting Herold's 200-pound pet chimpanzee, Travis, back into his cage.

But Travis turned on Nash, brutally attacking her by mauling her face and hands. Connecticut officials declined to prosecute Herold, although when Herold died of a rupture aortic aneurysm in 2010, Nash's family still had a $50 million civil suit in the works.

Nash later became the first patient to ever receive a double hand and face transplant.

Dangers for Peoople

Dangers for People:

  • Their exotic animals could go back to how they learned, by harming people, and attack their owners.

  • Someone could be cleaning the animals cage, then all of a sudden the animal could attack you.

  • The animal could escape the cage it is in, even if they are in their pretty well, they could find a way out and could strangle someone, and possibly kill that person.

  • If the cage has to wide apart of bars and a person gets too close to the animal then the animal could attack the person through the bars.

What’s legal and illegal:

  • In Wisconsin, it requires that all animals, commonly sold at pet stores, have to be certified of veterinary inspections if they came from a outside of the country.

  • In Maine, a person may possess a wild animal after obtaining a permit.

  • In Alaska, No person may possess, import, release, export, or assist in importing, releasing, or exporting, live game animals as "pets." Live game animals are defined as any species of bird, reptile, and mammal, including a feral domestic animal, found or introduced in the state, except domestic birds and mammals. The Department interprets live game to include all animals, including exotics, such as wild felines, wolves, bears, monkeys, etc., not listed as domestic under Alaska Admin. Code tit. 5. §92.029. No person may possess, transport, sell, advertise or otherwise offer for sale, purchase or offer to purchase a wolf hybrid possessed after Jan. 23, 2002.

What’s the impact on the environment:

  • If there are no animals such as bears then the fish population would go up and then there would be more fish for birds then they would grow in population.

  • When a exotic animal comes from overseas, either on accident or unpurposely, the animal could be used to other kinds of habitat.

What do the experts say

  • Zoo vets, say that wild animals should be kept in their natural habitat.

  • Something else

  • And another thing

Dangers for Animals:

  • They can’t reproduce their natural habitat.

  • They would have breeding difficulties.

  • And possibly death could deter some.