Born to be Wild

By William Segura

Real life

On Tuesday in Zanesville, Ohio Terry Thompson released eight Bengal tigers, seventeen lions, six black bears, a pair of grizzlies, three mountain lions, two wolves and a baboon and then committed suicide. Many of these animals had only a few hours of terrifying freedom before being shot to death. when the officers were intervened they told us that the animals were aggressive and there were afraid that the animals would terrorize the town.

in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania October 5, 2009 a woman is attacked and killed by a black bear she had kept as a pet for nine years and who was resed from cudhood by Kelly Ann Walz. Kelly Ann Walz was cleaning the cage where she kept 350-pound Teddy on Sunday night when the bear turned on her and attacked. Walz’s two young children saw the attack and summoned help. A visiting neighbor then shot and killed the bear. Walz, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dangers when wild animals are kept as pets

Dangers for Animals


  • The animal could become unhealthy

  • they could become stressed

  • they could become infected

  • they could get a disease

  • they could have a life of confusion

Dangers for people

  • animals can transfer diseases to people

  • people could get attacked by them

  • all macaque monkeys can give you herpes b-virus

  • 90% of all reptiles carry Salmonellosis and can be transferred to humans

"most people with wild animals, they can do quite well for a period of time, but then something suddenly seems to go wrong... This particular chimp was 200 pounds. You're dealing with a 200-pound super strong athlete, and that's potentially a dangerous weapon." said Nicolas Dodman while taking the ABC.


Laws against exotic animals

Colorado

It is unlawful for persons to possess most exotic species unless it is for commercial purposes. Persons may, however, possess up to 6 live native reptiles, and unregulated wildlife. Unregulated wildlife includes but is not limited to: sugar gliders, wallabies,kangaroos, etc.

Georgia

It is unlawful for persons to possess inherently dangerous animals as "pets." Inherently dangerous animals include, but are not limited to the following orders: Marsupialia (kangaroos); Primates (chimpanzees, gorillas, macaques); Carnivora (canines, felines); Proboscidae (elephants); Crocodylia (crocodiles, alligators, cobras, all poisonous rear-fanged species). Only persons engaged in the wholesale or retail wild animal business or persons exhibiting wild animals to the public will be issued a license to possess inherently dangerous animals.

impact on the environment

tigers

For example the tiger is at the top of the food chain in all the ecosystems it lives in. As such, it keeps populations of deer, wild pig, antelope and gaur in check. Without the tiger to control them these prey species would expand.This excessive population would then totally ravage the vegetation. If the vegetation in the jungles was devastated, smaller animals and insects would not survive there.If the insects moved to the crops in farmlands vital food sources could be lost, impacting on human populations.If plants can no longer grow in the jungle the soil will become infertile and eventually the jungle and all that depend on it will fade away.