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3 Most Dangerous Animals People Keep As Pets

Sources: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/the-most-dangerous-animals-to-keep-as-pets.htm


Man can do some pretty amazing things when he hears the call of the wild, like climb mountains, catch huge waves off the Great Barrier Reef, and survive off the land. There is a distinction between appreciating nature and keeping wild animals as pets, though. For good reason, the United States has prohibited the commercial importation of endangered species since the early 1970s.

Here are a few instances of how choosing to keep an exotic pet can be a foolish, self-centered choice.


3. Lions

There is little question as to why the majestic lion is referred to as the "King of the Jungle." In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there could be up to 10 privately owned lions and tigers for every one that lives in a zoo. Even loving owners are frequently unable to meet the needs of the cats, according to Shirley Minshew, the International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW) director of relief for North America. Why would we subject an animal [with] this much more power to the same treatment as a domestic cat in a travel kennel? Al Abell, a resident of Hardin County, Illinois, discovered this the tragic way in 2005 when, while changing the bedding in the lion's pen, he was attacked and killed by his pet African lion.


2. Crocodiles and Alligators

Trust Tim Harrison when he says that privately owned alligators are one of the most frequent animal on human (and dog) attacks he's dealt with throughout his career. As a Public Safety Officer for the City of Oakwood, California, Tim Harrison has seen some pretty bizarre things. The fact that a cute baby alligator can grow to a maximum length of 14 feet and can take down prey as large as cattle obviously doesn't stop many people from owning one. A typical adult alligator bite weighs 2000 pounds, and even a small cut can result in an infection that necessitates amputation of the affected limb. That is, if the alligator doesn't snap your leg off with a tail whip.


2. Reptiles

18 fatalities between 1990 and 2011 were attributed to exotic reptiles, including pythons, boa constrictors, rattlesnakes, mambas, and iguanas, according to data from the Humane Society of the United States. Not to mention that 90% of all reptiles are thought to carry salmonella bacteria in their feces, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Consider the case of two brothers, aged 5 and 7, who were allegedly strangled to death by a 16-foot-long African rock python, a type of constrictor, that escaped from an exotic pet store located beneath the apartment where the boys were sleeping. If that is insufficient deterrence, consider similar incidents in New Brunswick, Canada.

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